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Number of “cross-border children” attending Hong Kong schools could dwindle further Listen
The chairman of the Education Policy Concern Organisation, Mervyn Cheung, says the number of so-called "cross-border children" attending Hong Kong schools could drop further, following a decision by Shenzhen authorities to allow them to study there. The children were born in Hong Kong to mainland parents. They were previously not allowed to study in public schools north of the border because they did not have a mainland household registration. Cheung says Hong Kong schools near the border are already experiencing a fall in student numbers. He tells Annemarie Evans that the SAR government should now try to find out from the parents of the children where they will opt to educate them in future so that appropriate plans could be drawn up.
Mainland immigrants not putting pressure on public housing Listen
A community organiser with the Society for Community Organisation, Sze Lai-shan, says she doesn't think immigrants from the mainland are putting pressure on public housing in Hong Kong. She says only a small number of them apply, while some others are not qualified to do so. Sze tells Jim Gould that the current daily quota of 150 immigrants under the family reunion category is not being fully utilised either.
Australia starts hearing legal challenges over same-sex marriage Listen
Australia's highest court has begun hearing legal challenges against a national vote on same-sex marriage. The government plans to hold a non-binding postal survey from next week - to gauge support for changing the country's law to allow same-sex marriage. Intense campaigning has already started - but the survey will not go ahead if the legal challenges are successful. Two separate challenges by same-sex marriage advocates were heard in the High Court of Australia on Tuesday, and the hearing will continue on Wednesday. RTHK's Australia correspondent, Gerry Gannon, told Annemarie Evans more about the legal challenges.