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Pan-dems accuse Regina Ip of bias  Listenfacebook
Twenty-two pan-democratic legislators have accused New People's Party lawmaker Regina Ip of being biased towards the government in her capacity as chairwoman of a Legco committee scrutinising the express rail link co-location facility at West Kowloon. They issued a joint petition and an open letter accusing her of being unfair when she decided to limit the length of their questions during a meeting last Friday. One of the signatories, Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung, told Jim Gould this was a very unusual arrangement for a bills committee:
Questions raised over language scheme for ethnic minority students  Listenfacebook
A concern group is raising questions over whether local schools are making good use of a HK$200 million-per-year initiative designed to help ethnic minority students learn Chinese. Each school can receive up to HK$1.5 million every year in additional revenue for this purpose —but Hong Kong Unison says very few give any information at all on how they're actually using the money – or whether the programmes they fund are effective. The group's executive director, Phyllis Cheung, spoke to Priscilla Ng:
Michael McCormack named Australia’s new deputy PM  Listenfacebook
A former journalist has become Australia's new deputy prime minister. Michael McCormack replaces Barnaby Joyce as leader of the Nationals, the governing coalition's junior partner. Joyce resigned last Friday over his affair with a former staffer. Jim Gould spoke to our Australia correspondent, Gerry Gannon about McCormack's background: