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2019-01-10
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CE, legislators point fingers over unpopular welfare change  Listenfacebook
There was a bit of a rare scene at the Chief Executive's question-time in Legco on Thursday, as Carrie Lam rowed with pro-government legislators over an unpopular change to elderly welfare payments. Starting next month, the age of welfare recipients who're eligible for the more generous dole payments for the elderly will rise from 60 to 65. Pro-establishment lawmakers challenged Carrie Lam over the measure, but the Chief Executive deflected their jabs, pointing out that the legislators had themselves voted to approve the change as part of the budget last year. A social work associate professor from the Chinese University, Wong Yu-cheung, told Annemarie Evans that all this finger pointing doesn't change the fact that many people are angry over the change:
‘Exams needed to ensure elderly doctors are fit to practise’  Listenfacebook
The Medical Council has been debating whether elderly doctors should be required to take tests to make sure they're physically and mentally fit to continue practising medicine. Members did not reach a consensus on the issue at a meeting on Wednesday, but a lay member of the council, Alex Lam, says it's a pertinent issue that should be studied further. He spoke to Ben Tse:
Funds raised to help free indebted poor from jail  Listenfacebook
Campaigners in Australia have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help free Aboriginal women jailed for being unable to pay fines. Western Australia is the nation's only state that regularly jails people for unpaid fines, often on minor crimes. Experts note the law disproportionately affects indigenous Australians, as well as poor and vulnerable people. The state government says it plans reforms this year that will make it harder for people to be jailed. Annemarie Evans put it to our Australia correspondent Gerry Gannon, that these sound almost like debtor's jails: