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5th Report of Constitutional Development Task Force; Interview: HK Transition Project Head Michael DeGolyer; WTO Head Pascal Lamy in Hong Kong; Society for Truth and Light Vs. Gay Rights (21 Oct 2005)


There have been hints, suggestions, and leaks in the media for weeks, but the official unveiling of the Fifth Report of the Consitutional Development Task Force finally came in Legco on Wednesday. Theres no timetable for universal suffrage, the size of the Election Committee to elect the Chief Executive in 2007 will be doubled, and the number of seats in Legco will increase from 60 to 70 by 2008. The democrats aren't happy, but as the head of the Hong Kong Transition Project Michael DeGolyer points out in a studio interview, maybe their best tactic is to accept what they've got. Last weekend the head of the World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy, was in Hong Kong. The response to his visit may have given some foretaste of what to expect during the Sixth Ministerial Conference in December. We look at his visit, and the fallout. The letters pages of the local press have recently had a long series of ongoing discussions of homosexuality, and - in some papers - half page ads on the perils of giving gay people more rights have been taken out by the Society for Truth and Light. But why all the fuss about what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own bedrooms? And why now?

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Publish Date: 
Friday, October 21, 2005
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