The Week Ahead December 8th

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Clearance in part of the Admiralty’s occupation area may take place this week. Also some action in LegCo about the latest report of the Director of Audit and the landfills proposals.


Injunction order incoming
Court will stamp and approve the injunction order to clear part of the Harcourt Road and the section outside the PLA building and the City Hall.

Long waiting time for elederly
The Public Accounts Committee will hold two sessions on the latest report of the Director of Audit on the “provision of long-term care services for the elderly.” The report criticised the long waiting lists and waiting times for Community Care Services. The average waiting time is 36 months for subsidised Care and Attention (C&A) places in subvented or contract Residential Care Homes for the Elderly (RCHEs), 7 months for purchased C&A places in private RCHEs and 32 months for subsidised Nursing Homes places. The report also revealed that 6,800 elderly persons on the Central Waiting List for subsidised Long-term Care Services were not included as a result of their “inactive” status.


Clearance incoming
Following the Court’s approval of the injunction order on Monday, the bus operator may advertise the injunction order today on local newspaper, in preparation for the clearance tomorrow (Wednesday) the soonest.

Unauthorised expansion of the New Civil Aviation Department HQ
The Public Accounts Committee will hold two sessions on the latest report of the Director of Audit on the “New Civil Aviation Department Headquarters.” The report revealed that the 1,500m2 expansion area, in addition to the net operational floor area of the 3,240m2, was approved for future expansion but was built without informing the Property Vetting Committee (PVC) members – the Government Property Agency and the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau – except for the Architectural Services Department. LegCo’s Panel on Economic Development, Public Works Subcommittee and Finance Committee were also not informed. “The incident highlights inadequacies in the control over change of user requirements and the decision making arrangements within the PVC,” the report says.


Quiet meeting for the Council
Following the CE’s remark on the problems facing the young people that may have resulted the ongoing occupation movement and his initiative to kick start studies on youth development in the Commission on Poverty, the Council will debate Jeffrey Lam’s motion to “urge the Government to care about the aspirations of young people, formulate feasible policies and measures, and enhance the relevant training and support, so as to increase upward mobility opportunities for young people.“

Of course, clearance action around LegCo may result in delay or cancellation of meetings.


Changing of the guard for Civic Party, Democratic Party

There are rumours – just rumours – that the Democratic Party may effect changes in leadership this week.

The Civic Party made their changes last week, announcing Ronny Tong will leave the Executive. The Chair will not change (Audrey Eu) and Alan Leong will keep his post as Party Leader. Younger talent were inrtoduced into minor roles.

See Cassy Chau’s upcoming article on Party regime change.

Still three to go
Finance Committee is due to vote for three funding proposals regarding two landfills and an incinerator after the expansion of Tseung Kwan O landfill was passed last Friday. Read our Op-ed about why the proposed incinerator should be scrapped (and viable alternatives).

$7.3 billion for the extension of the Northeast New Territories Landfill in Ta Kwu Ling.
$36.8m for the consultants’ fees and investigations to study the extension of the West New Territories Landfill in Tuen Mun.
$18.2 billion for the reclamation of about 16 hectares to form an artificial island near Shek Kwu Chau and to build an incinerator on it.