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    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Jim Gould

    Backchat is RTHK Radio 3's current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation. It airs every weekday from 8.30am-9.30am. Have your say by calling us on 233 88 266, Backchat's Facebook , or send us a message at backchat@rthk.hk

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    Electoral arrangements; vaccine bubbles

    On Wednesday's Backchat, electoral arrangements and vaccine bubbles.

    We'll be discussing the latest changes to elections in Hong Kong. What are the causes and
    effects? Will they stabilise our political scene? Or make voting pointless? 

    Health minister Sophia Chan says officials will, from this week, discuss
    details of Hong Kong's new "vaccine bubble" with the trades concerned. The scheme, which
    relaxes some Covid-19 social distancing measures, was announced on Monday by the Chief
    Executive Carrie Lam.
    Lam said people who had been vaccinated would enjoy a further easing of social distancing
    restrictions that could see bars, karaokes and nightclubs reopen, large banquets resume and
    travel restrictions eased.
    Do you support the proposals?

    8:30-9:15 Electoral Arrangements 
    8:30-9:00 Phone: John Burns, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong
    8:30-9:15 Phone: Andrew Leung, International and Independent China Strategist and former Director-General of Social Welfare

    9:15-9:30 Vaccine bubble
    9:15-9:30 Phone: James Robertson, owner of restaurant chain Grapps and Cadillac

    14/04/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    14/04/2021 - Electoral arrangements

    14/04/2021 - Vaccine Bubbles


    03 - 04




    Blank ballots; Cruise to nowhere

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Jim Gould

    On Thursday's Backchat, blank ballots,  and cruising to nowhere.
    Elections expert Ma Ngok said on Wednesday that if people were to call on voters to cast blank ballots in future polls this would be a form of electoral campaigning, but not an attempt to manipulate polls as officials have suggested.

    Constitutional affairs minister Erick Tsang said earlier in the day that organising, promoting or appealing for voters to cast blank votes could amount to election manipulation and sabotage – even though it is not against the law to cast blank ballots.
    He said voters have a right to decide how they cast their ballot, but calling on others to do the same might not be acceptable.
    What do you think? How should we uphold our civic responsibilities? 
    From 9:15am, we'll be discussing a proposed "cruise-to-nowhere" - plans to revive the local cruise business. Would you get aboard?

    8:30am-9:15am Blank ballot
    8:30am- 9am
    Phone Professor Ho Lok-sang, senior research fellow in the Pan Sutong Shanghai- Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute at Lingnan University.
    Lo Kin-hei, Chairman of Democratic Party, Chairman of Southern District Council
    9am-9:15am Phone Fred Li, former Democratic Party lawmaker, political consultant
    9:15am-9:30am Cruise to Nowhere
    9:15am-9:30am Phone Ronald Wu, Chairman, Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents


    08/04/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    08/04/2021 - Blank-ballots

    08/04/2021 - Cruise to nowhere

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