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  1. Of fire breathers and fire beaters

    Posted Mar 29th 2009, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... Chris Yeung Newspaper headlines last week painted a dispiriting picture of Hong Kong politics. In a pre-retirement interview published on Thursday, Ombudsman Alice Tai Yuen-ying criticised government officials for 'merely putting out fires while igno ...

  2. Taxpayer voters will shift clout to middle class

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

    ... their friendship. If our opinions are different to those of our friends, they would surely be among the first we would discuss an issue with. If no agreement is reached, we can still speak our minds while ... issue was Article 23 and many were angry that the proposed laws were being foistered on them. The marchers were sending a message to Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa- 'We have our views, we ...

  3. Mainland mum issue 'settled In 1993'

    Posted Jan 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... issued by the pre-handover immigration department in 1997 that states its understanding of the agreement of the then joint liaison group on the right of abode issue. The booklet, referring ... had over the issue at the time. 'The right way to address the [mainland mothers] issue is not to ban them from coming to Hong Kong, but to not grant their babies right of abode ...

  4. Final address must tackle housing issue

    Posted Oct 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... important' issue for Tsang to address, followed by health care policy (60 per cent). Tsang, in a rare admission, said in a radio programme on Saturday there had been shortcomings in government ...

  5. Population policy must be debated

    Posted Jun 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... done when it wants to. It sounds more like political and bureaucratic myopia. With one or two exceptions, issues raised in the report are not new. Think tanks, academics and commentators have ... the elderly plus children- for every 100 workers will grow from 95.2 in 2015 to 104 in 2020 and 126 by 2029. This poses a threat to productive capacity and sustainable development. One new factor ...

  6. Who wants a broader base?

    Posted Feb 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Washington's monetary policy, while the Basic Law requires the government to 'avoid deficits and keep the budget commensurate with the growth rate of its [gross domestic product]'. Dr Mo ...

  7. Tang entices with economic carrots

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... class. 'Many people from the middle class feel they get no benefits from government policies although they pay taxes,' Tang said. 'The committee would address issues that concern ... their rise up the economic ladder, Tang said. He also pledged to increase education spending from the current 3.5 per cent of gross domestic product to 4 per cent if he is elected chief executive, ...

  8. Legislators can help solve cross-border issues

    Posted Sep 06th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... legislators to four cities in Guangdong province. He urged some of his democratic-minded colleagues to use this opportunity to discuss with mainland officials livelihood issues which affect Hong Kong ... by both Hong Kong and mainland immigration officials, can solve this problem quickly by issuing temporary papers to the victim. There are so many things legislators can do by establishing goodwill ...

  9. Waning interest for now, but issue of democracy won't be forgotten

    Posted Jul 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Joseph Cheng

    ... Tsang may be no better than Tung Chee-hwa in tackling Hong Kong's significant problems. He still has to avoid controversial issues to ensure his re-election in 20 months. The Tsang administration is not expected to tackle the Article 23 legislation, the goods and services tax, the mandatory medical insurance programme and other controversial issues in the next two years. This means ...

  10. Focus on issues, not conspiracies, says party chief

    Posted Mar 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong The chief executive should refrain from conjuring up conspiracy theories and engage in debate focused on the issues if he wants to improve the relationship between ... nothing personal. Let's stick to the issues,' Ms Eu said. During his election campaign, Mr Tsang emphasised that better relationships between the Executive Council and the political ...




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