A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Ada Wong

    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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    Proposed legal aid reform; new marine species found in HK waters

    8:30am-9:15am: proposed legal aid reform

    8:30am-9:15am: Michael Davis, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington; Former Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong

    8:30am-9:00am: Priscilla Leung, Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker and Associate Professor of City University’s School of Law 

    9:00am-9:15am: Lawrence Ma, Chairman, Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation 

    9:15am-9:30am: new marine species

    9:15am-9:30am: Qiu Jianwen, Professor, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University

    On Tuesday's Backchat: Proposed legal aid reform; and discovery of new marine species.

    Legco’s Legal Service Panel will examine a government paper proposing that legal aid recipients in criminal cases will no longer be able to choose their own lawyers, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

    The planned revamp came after lawmakers said the system had been abused.

    In future, the Director of Legal Aid would assign lawyers to defendants, and nominations would only be accepted in cases such as when the lawyer concerned had already represented the defendant in lower courts.

    The paper also proposed lowering the quotas of legal aid cases that lawyers can undertake, and further limiting the number of judicial review cases they can take on.

    After 9.15am, we’ll be discussing the discovery of new marine life species in Hong Kong waters.


    26/10/2021 - 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)

    26/10/2021 - Proposed legal aid reform

    26/10/2021 - New marine species in HK




    Qiu Jianwen, Professor, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University


    Shih Wing Ching, Founder and Chief Executive, Centaline Group


    Chim Hon-ming, Principal of Chiu Sheung School, Hong Kong; Chairman of the Council of Central and Western District School Heads

    Anti-sanctions law; water world

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Ada Wong

    8:30am-9:15am: anti-sanctions law

    8:30am-9:00am: Ho Lok-sang, Director, Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute, Lingnan University

    8:45am-9:00am: Barry Wood, RTHK’s international economic correspondent

    9:00am-9:15am: Felix Chung, Liberal Party leader; Textiles and garment sector lawmaker 

    9:15am-9:30am: water world

    9:15am-9:30am: Brian King, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University 

    On Tuesday’s Backchat, anti-sanctions law; and Ocean Park’s Water World

    Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng has said Beijing’s anti-sanctions law could be
    imposed on Hong Kong in the same way that the national security law was – by adding it Annex III of the Basic Law.

    She said the anti-sanctions law is "strictly retaliatory" and will only be used to counter "unreasonable sanctions on China and Hong Kong by foreign governments".

    The National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) will reportedly discuss later in August whether the mainland law should be adopted by Hong Kong as well,
    after it was passed in June to allow tit-for-tat measures against foreign sanctions on Chinese nationals or entities.

    How will this law change things? How practical is it? How will it be applied to Hong Kong?

    From 9:15am-9:30am, we’re discussing the new Water World at Ocean Park which is set to be opened on September 21.


    10/08/2021 - 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)

    10/08/2021 - Anti-sanctions law

    10/08/2021 - Water world

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