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John Tsang’s populist posturing a signal to Beijing, says analyst Listen
Political analyst Willy Lam from Chinese University says Chief Executive-contender John Tsang is “posturing like a populist” – and this could be part of a strategy to show Beijing he’s the most popular CE hopeful. Lam said Tsang’s pledges to restart the political reform process and start drafting Article 23 legislation are clever ways of handling controversial issues. But he told Annemarie Evans that the proposals in Tsang’s just-released political manifesto still need to be looked at in detail
Ban imposed on consultancy firm was only partial, says govt Listen
The Development Bureau says the ban imposed on the consultancy firm Arup from bidding for government projects was only a partial restriction. It said the three-month ban, which ended on Monday, applied only to contracts issued by one of the government’s selection committees; Arup had been free to bid for other projects. Land Justice League legislator Chu Hoi-dick told Jim Gould that this was an absurd situation, and lawmakers were under the impression that Arup had been banned from all government projects.
Inquiry reveals wider-than-anticipated institutional sex abuse in Australia Listen
An inquiry examining institutional sex abuse in Australia has heard that 7 percent of the nation's Catholic priests allegedly abused children between 1950 and 2010. In one Catholic order, more than 40 percent of church figures were accused of abuse. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse was told that almost 4,500 people claim to have been victims between 1980 and 2015. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK’s Australia correspondent Gerry Gannon if this abuse was much more widespread that initially anticipated.