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  1. Commission sought to tackle poverty

    Posted Mar 09th 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A minimum wage and old-age pension are essential, say academics and NGOs A high-level commission is needed to map out long-term policies to end poverty, academics and NGOs yesterday told legislators who passed a motion supporting their call. Mak Kim-ho, of Oxfam Hong Kong, said: 'A poverty commission does not mean we are going to redistribute wealth. We need ...

  2. Tackling poverty

    Posted Dec 30th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa has promised to set up a commission to tackle poverty. The decision is a marked departure from his long-standing policy. Will such a commission really work? Write to us, share your views. ...

  3. Bold action needed to break poverty cycle

    Posted Dec 30th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... suggests it is listening to the public's concerns- and taking the problem more seriously. The chief executive revealed he intends to establish a poverty commission. This is a welcome ... spending or huge increases in the numbers receiving CSSA. Setting an official poverty line would be a good start. This would help the new commission to better understand the scale of the problem- ...

  4. Body to tackle poverty is given go-ahead by Tung

    Posted Dec 29th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Decision is a major departure from his long-standing policy A commission is to be set up to tackle poverty, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa said yesterday. Mr Tung said he endorsed public demand for a body to be formed to address poverty issues. 'I will actively consider and appoint representatives from outside the government [to the commission]. The commission ...

  5. Poverty campaign praised

    Posted Apr 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the number of poor by 2015. Mr Kim was speaking at the opening of the commission's 16th session in Shanghai on Saturday. But last Thursday, an official with the State Council's anti-poverty ... David Fang The government's efforts to ease poverty have been praised by a UN official, but the real situation is clouded by shifting definitions of poverty, a State Council official ...

  6. Australians squeezed by runaway property prices

    Posted Jun 29th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... major blowout in our national household debt'. Last week a government agency, the Productivity Commission, called on Prime Minister John Howard to improve the affordability of housing ...

  7. Big seller

    Posted Jan 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Mutsuko Murakami

    ... the product, and earn 110 yen (HK$8) commission for each 200-yen magazine they sell. Almost 40,000 copies of the premier issue were snapped up, making it a feasible undertaking for both the publishers ...

  8. The great divide: how to tackle poverty

    Posted Dec 30th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... C. K. Lau Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa has disclosed that the government will form a commission to tackle poverty- an initiative he originally intended to announce in his Policy Address ... a bigger turnout at Saturday's New Year rallies, one of which is aimed at championing the anti-poverty cause. In fact, there have been signs of the government taking poverty seriously. ...

  9. A poor state of affairs

    Posted Oct 26th 2004, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... put more emphasis on the poor by forming a Poverty Commission, including non-governmental organisations, businesses, professionals and academics to provide input on policies and programmes. ... Frank Ching It is ironic that, only days after the Hong Kong Council of Social Service reported that poverty had shot up in recent years- with one in four children now living below ...

  10. Reading between the poverty lines

    Posted Sep 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... C.K Lau There's a world of difference between measuring poverty by how much one earns and how much one spends. Professor Wong Chack-kie and Assistant Professor Wong Hung, of the Chinese University's social work department, have found that if the poverty line is drawn at 50 per cent of median household income, then 20.3 per cent of Hong Kong families were poor ...




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