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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Inaccurate budget forecasts are costing Hong Kong dearly

    Posted Feb 04th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... income from land revenues, either by selling sites for development at auction, or by collecting hefty fees from developers who want to change the terms on leases they hold, for example so ... 1999 the government has no longer conducted regular land auctions. Now it waits for developers to trigger sales through its application list or tender system. But for the most part developers ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Better pollution policies would mean longer lives for millions

    Posted Jul 11th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... emissions from coal burning. To slow the growth of vehicle sales, Ma calls for the introduction of a Singapore-style auction system that would make owning a private car punitively expensive. ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Clear evidence obscures truth of Beijing's pollution data

    Posted Feb 07th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and business district on it, complete with an eight-lane highway and metro providing access. In response the value of the adjacent land shoots up, allowing you to sell it at auction to fund yet more ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Unjust sense of entitlement, or a bargain for the public purse?

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... at a government land auction. That's a lump sum subsidy of HK$2 million per pupil. That makes the ESF subvention look cheap. Of course, its fees and levies remain eye-wateringly expensive, especially ...



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