POLICY ADVOCACY

2022 Policy Address Proposal by Path of Democracy

Hong Kong unleashed a new chapter for development. Under the principle of “patriots governing Hong Kong”, the election of the chief executive was successfully held, and people’s hearts were reunited. People from all walks of life sent their own suggestions to the new government for improving people’s livelihood and welfare. Government officials also took the initiative to reach out to the people in their districts, hoping that their policies would be closer to people’s demand and expectations.

 

Path of Democracy expects that the new government can improve their governance in three aspects: administrative capability, political capability and analytical capability.

Each Hong Kong citizen wants to improve their quality of life. However, the long-standing problems of Hong Kong society, such as the upward  mobility of young people, land and housing supply etc. cannot be solved by the society alone. The government should proactively come up with plans for providing timely assistance to citizens who are facing difficulties and uncertain prospects by their own. Letting citizens to have hope and continue to contribute to our society.

 

 

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民主思路對《法院(遙距聆訊)條例草案》、實務指示及操作指引草擬本的意見

民主思路歡迎司法機構根據現時科技和疫情的發展,提出訂立《法院(遙距聆訊)條例》草案及其他相關草擬本,為將來運用遙距聆訊提供正式的法律基礎、運作和行政細節。現時,不少海外的司法管轄區因應COVID-19 疫情的發展,加強運用包括視聽連結 (Audio-visual Links) 或電話等設施,進行了網上或其他形式的遙距聆訊。雖然司法機構曾於2020年時宣布兩個階段為各級法院進行遙距聆訊,但礙於相關法律和設施限制,部份案例未能夠準時開庭。如果司法機構能夠設立適當的法例和指引,這會增加法庭處理積壓案件的效率和鼓勵本港法律科技的發展。   民主思路於2022年7月21日舉辦了工作坊討論是次公眾諮詢文件及附件,所與會者討論後得出以下回應。

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民主思路 對優化《環境影響評估條例》程序的建議

民主思路支持,環境局檢討《環境影響評估條例》下的環境影響評估(環評)程序,在堅持保護環境的同時,平衡經濟發展的需要,以達致可持續發展。政府多年前已展開關於可持續發展的研究,並結合環境保護署相關的規則和法例、甚至規劃署的電腦評估系統 (CASET) 亦要求發展的工程提供環境影響評估,以作為批准發展的依據。然而,社會人士認為環評指引已經多年未更新,並察覺到有發展計劃被環評報告中以地區有獨特的雀鳥、蝴蝶等為理由所拖延,因而受到長期的阻礙。因此,環評程序有需要改善和精簡,以推動有利社會發展或改善民生的工程發展,平衡持分者的利益。   民主思路於2022年6月21日舉辦了工作坊討論是次公眾諮詢文件所列出的問題,與會者討論後得出以下回應。

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民主思路 檢討法定最低工資水平建議書

香港社會一直存在貧富懸殊的問題,雖然億萬富翁的數字在過去十年間有所上升,在職貧窮的市民數目亦增加不少。早於1997年,社會大眾、政府和議員曾提倡關注最低工資,在斷斷續續的來回討論中,《最低工資條例草案》在2010年7月通過,首個法定最低工資水平訂於每小時28 元正,並且於2011年5月1日生效。 隨著每兩年一次的檢討,最低工資的水平已經上升至每小時37.5元。然而,隨著新冠肺炎疫情的發展,香港的社政經情況不停改變,這些因素必定影響到基層打工仔的就業和收入,因此民主思路於2022年5月11日舉辦了工作坊,與會者討論後得出以下回應。

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Path of Democracy submitted policy proposal to Mr John Lee, candidate of Chief Executive for 6th HKSAR Government

Path of Democracy (PoD) has submitted a set of policy proposals to Mr John Lee, the candidate of Chief Executive for the sixth-term HKSAR Government already.   The PoD committee of Policy Proposal to 6th HKSAR Government considered that the new Administration should actively build bridges to communicate, reach consensus and unify all stakeholders in the society based on inclusiveness, mutual understanding and respect. The committee also expected that the government will listen to all humbly, formulate pragmatic policies which respond to people’s needs and demands with an aim to minimize discord in our society.

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Path of Democracy 2022-23 Budget Submission

Path of Democracy fully supports the technology-based economic development model for Hong Kong’s future as described in the spatial planning of the “Twin-City, Three Circle” of the Northern Metropolis of the Policy Address.

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Path of Democracy 2021 Policy Suggestions

HKSAR government will soon be publishing the latest ‘Policy Address’, members of Path of Democracy gathered together and contributed their expertise in areas such as housing, medical, law and environmental issues to compose policy suggestions for the coming ‘Policy Address’. Under the theme of ‘Value Hong Kong’, Path of Democracy made suggestions on five policy areas:

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民主思路 管制即棄膠餐具計劃

民主思路同意,香港為著要減低塑膠對環境及健康的污染,並履行香港作為C40城市氣候領導聯盟的責任,香港有急切需要盡快實施更具體的減廢藍圖,立法並落實管制即棄膠餐具是整個藍圖中重要的一步,民主思路喜見香港政府近年致力源頭減廢、推動無塑海洋,並希望政府同時投放更多資源及提供更大力度的政策支援,把握特區政府推行再工業化的時機推動循環經濟。

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民主思路 塑料飲料容器生產者責任計劃

民主思路同意,香港為著要如期在2022年或以前,達至將回收率提高至最少五成五的減廢目標,香港有需要把塑膠飲料容器納入生產者責任計劃,並應該把計劃由飲料容器續漸擴展至各類塑膠包裝。環境局已於2021年2月22日開展為期三個月的公眾諮詢,為塑膠飲料容器生產者責任計劃收集市民和業界意見,以制訂規管框架並訂明計劃的未來方向。民主思路於2021年4月15日舉辦了工作坊討論計劃落實的細則,與會者討論後得出以下五大範疇的建議:

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民主思路 電話智能卡實名登記制度建議書

March 2021 民主思路認同香港是有需要設立電話智能卡實名登記制度,此制度的設立原意在於香港已達到流動電話服務高度普及的程度,資訊科技發達的同時,犯罪份子亦利用香港的通訊自由犯案,單是電話騙案,巿民每年已有過千萬港元的損失。民主思路相信設立任何一個新制度,是需要平衡巿民的基本權利和防止罪案發生的風險。

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民主思路 就立法會房屋事務委員會過渡性房屋及劏房事宜小組委員會意見書

February 2021 根據運房局2021年2月5日的最新數據,現時已落成的過渡性房屋單位數目為1,174個,受惠家庭和人數分別為1,404個和3,998人,相對於香港現時25.34萬宗公屋申請,可說是杯水車薪。民主思路認同過渡性房屋的理念和運作模式,以解決低收入家庭迫切的住屋需要,令這些家庭可以有安身居所之餘,同時亦能接受專業的社工輔導,協助他們就業和謀生,或當義工融入社會。

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民主思路 2020-21年度財政預算案建議書

February 2021 新冠肺炎疫情影響至今超過一年,雖然政府努力堵截病毒源頭,務求儘快令經濟活動回復正常,但疫情反覆阻礙復甦。香港與新加坡的旅遊氣泡被煞停、禁聚令等社交距離措施對服務行業打擊尤其嚴重,最新失業率更升至16年來新高,達6.6%。政府已發放多輪「防疫抗疫基金」,支援疫下經濟,其中的一萬元現金發放計劃,著實解決了不少人的燃眉之急,可是不論貧富的派錢方式實在不是上策,我們傾向有針對性地扶助經濟不穩中最脆弱的市民,援助特別有困難的行業,改善醫療系統在疫下所突顯的不足,並需反思設立全面性社會及企業安全網的急切性。

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民主思路 《2018年廢物處置(都市固體廢物收費)(修訂)條例草案》的法案委員會意見書

February 2021 香港作為亞洲國際都會,推動減廢、減碳、應對氣候變化等環保事項,遠遠不及亞洲鄰近城巿。縱使政府已制定《香港資源循環藍圖2013–2022》,立法會卻因不同的政治阻力,一直未能完成審議並通過有關「都市固體廢物收費」的條例草案,令藍圖遲遲未能落實。都市固體廢物棄置問題已經越來越嚴重,根據環境保護署的統計數字,2019年香港都市固體廢物人均棄置量已增加至1.47公斤,即相較2013年增加10.5%,明顯無法達到人均棄置量目標減至0.8公斤或以下。民主思路支持政府提出的《2018年廢物處置(都市固體廢物收費)(修訂)條例草案》,並希望提出以下幾項建議,以進一步優化條例草案的內容,爭取更多市民及商界支持。

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民主思路 2020施政報告建議書

October 2020 經歷修例風波與新冠肺炎的雙重打擊,政治制度的既有缺陷突顯,經濟表現步入衰退期,國際博弈令香港危機雪上加霜。香港市民和國際社會關注我城的自由程度和未來前景,特區政府應當竭力鞏固「一國兩制」優勢,善用高度自治權展現核心競爭力,保持國際聲望與地位。 疫情帶來沉重的社會經濟影響,經濟活動停擺令勞資雙方共陷困境。大眾出行受限、教育模式轉變,市民為適應疫下新生活也衍生新的民生需求。特區政府應該有效率地利用累積的庫房盈餘,撐經濟、保就業、顧民生,同舟共濟令社會復甦。 現今世代重視社會公義,深層次矛盾無助重拾希望與建立遠象。投資未來從不局限於基建,特區政府應該在教育、環保、房屋、醫療、社會共融等範圍作有意義的長遠投資,創造多元和豐盛的發展機會,重塑公平與開放的社會制度與競爭環境。

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A Truth and Reconciliation Commission May Help Hong Kong

August 2019 Like everyone in Hong Kong, Path of Democracy (PoD) fervently hopes we, as a community in our collective wisdom, can find a workable resolution to overcome the current difficulties, which many consider to be the biggest crisis Hong Kong faces since 1967. As a think tank, PoD believes that any proposed resolution must be firmly based on the rule of law, with a clear purpose and broadly supported by the community. We sincerely hope to see an immediate cessation of violence, so as to enable the reconciliation process to commence…

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Submission to Public Consultation on Archives Law & Access to Information

March 2019 Path of Democracy welcomes the opportunity to comment on the reform of the current public records management and access to information (ATI) regimes. We support the introduction of laws on archives and ATI, which constitute the enabling legal environment for the government’s transparency and accountability agenda. They also complement the open data initiative advocated in CE’s first policy address which called for support for technology research, innovation and smart city development…

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View on Increasing Land for Development and Homes

August 2018 Land shortage in Hong Kong is severe. It is reflected in the rising price and rent of not only of residential premises, but also commercial, office and other spaces. Indeed the expensiveness of non-residential space has risen even faster than residential space. Finding land and supplying them to meet the full range of development needs is an urgent task…

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Hong Kong Political Culture in the Post-Umbrella Movement Era

May 2016 In recent years there has been drastic changes in the political atmosphere in Hong Kong but they have not been thoroughly examined. In a large-scale survey initiated by Path of Democracy…

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Opinion Poll on Political Orientation

Oct 2015 We are convinced, that there remains room for imagination in this city. Path of Democracy has commissioned the Public Opinion Programme (POP) at the University of Hong Kong to conduct the Survey on the Centrists in Hong Kong and Political Orientation of Hong Kong People…

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