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  1. DAB has cheaper option to help elderly at no extra cost to taxpayer

    Posted Nov 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's popularity reached a record low earlier this year, due chiefly to continued price rises in the property market and the widening gap between rich and poor. However, following his pledge in his policy address to tackle housing problems his popularity ratings improved. Apart from housing, he was also praised for the decision to allow ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Bad idea to survey mainlanders on why they buy Hong Kong property

    Posted Sep 30th 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Marco Wu Moon-hoi Long-Term Housing Strategy Steering Committee SCMP, September 24 I like that bit about genuine needs. The only mainland property buyers whose genuine needs could possibly ... for us but put unnecessary strain on our economy, was changed in October 2010 to exclude property from the list of qualifying investments. They still allowed everyone on the application list ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Property heir Gigi Chao has laugh over father's bounty on her heart

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Property heir has laugh over bounty on her heart Gigi Chao, the daughter of property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, said she thought the HK$500 million marriage bounty offered by her father to find her a husband was "quite entertaining". Speaking in a light-hearted tone, Chao told the Post: "He [her father] has an interesting ...

  4. Australia changes 'won't hurt HK'

    Posted Feb 10th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... consultants say. With 6,000 students heading to Australia for further education every year, the country is the most popular overseas study destination for Hong Kong students, who are the sixth biggest group of foreign students in Australia. But migration consultants said most of the Australia-bound students applied for access to higher education, undergraduate and postgraduate courses instead ...

  5. Policy sickness

    Posted Jul 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... programmes, many of which remain in place through force of habit. The first issue of public importance to the Central Policy Unit should be property assessments. For an economy that is overly dependent on the property market, we have an unbelievably primitive system for classifying properties for tax purposes. It has no regard for the owners' circumstances, ensuring taxes can't ...

  6. Arrests underscore challenges for Australia

    Posted Aug 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... has heightened concern in Australia about extremism in its Muslim communities, the country's involvement in Afghanistan and its approach to immigration. Australia's close security ... but more than 1,000 soldiers are fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. At least 90 Australians have been killed in bombings by Muslim extremists in Indonesia since 2002. Throughout, Australia has ...

  7. Budget lacks long-term vision to seriously address poverty

    Posted Mar 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the measures in the whole budget show that better-off people still gain more through tax measures like cut-off of rates, property tax and (salary) tax rebates. This is more than what poor people gain ...

  8. Minister pitches for wider property tax

    Posted Oct 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang in Beijing ed.zhang@scmp.com A senior Ministry of Finance official has called on national lawmakers to extend a pilot property-tax scheme- the first of its kind on the mainland- ... to establish a national property-tax policy, to further expand the role it has in controlling housing prices and regulating the market,' Wang was quoted by Xinhua as saying yesterday. A tax ...

  9. Time to revisit law and consider minority property owners' rights

    Posted Sep 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the applications for compulsory land sale orders were made by well-known property developers and property acquisition agencies. It appears that the new law, having operated for almost 18 months, works very well for those property giants. The minority owners, however, live their lives under tremendous stress when their properties become the target of the property giants. There are increasingly ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Rental component in housing plan for Hong Kong middle class may be dropped

    Posted Aug 18th 2012, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com Rental component of a proposed rent-or-buy programme for middle class could be dropped to satisfy pent-up demand to acquire property Sandwich class plan may drop rent part Housing minister Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said a new rent-or-buy housing programme for the middle class could be reviewed in the upcoming long-term housing strategy. In response ...




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