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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Legco stamp-duty vote to go ahead as lawmakers reject motion to delay poll

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 07:10pm by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com No delay on Legco stamp-duty vote Lawmakers yesterday rejected a motion to postpone voting on a controversial measure introduced in 2012 to cool the red-hot property market. Accounting sector legislator Kenneth Leung said debate on the Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill should be adjourned to give lawmakers more time to discuss how the 15 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1431168/legco-stamp-duty-vote-go-ahead-lawmakers-reject-motion-delay-poll
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Bid to limit Hong Kong government's power over stamp duty heads for defeat

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 03:47am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Bid to put checks on stamp duty powers set to fail A Democratic Party lawmaker's attempt to limit the government's power to adjust a tax introduced ... permission before it increases, reduces or scraps the 15 per cent buyer's stamp duty imposed on purchases of homes by corporations or by individuals who are not permanent residents. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1426216/bid-check-governments-power-over-stamp-duty-heads-defeat
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    CY phoned Beijing to clear stamp duty policy

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... DAB chairman's revelation that CY telephoned Beijing to clear a new stamp duty last October sparks fears over the mainland's influence The influence of mainland authorities ... to Wang Guangya, the director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing, a few hours before a new stamp duty aimed at non-local homebuyers - mainlanders included ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1199686/cy-phoned-beijing-clear-stamp-duty-policy
  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    ICAC probe Franklin Lam's property sales

    Posted Nov 02nd 2012, 09:18pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... Lai Ying-kit The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has launched an investigation into the sale of two flats by Executive Council member Franklin Lam Fan-keung, according to a pan-democrat who earlier filed a complaint. Lam sparked controver ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1074750/icac-probe-franklin-lams-property-sales
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Bernard Chan may scale down public duties after heart operation

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 03:38am by Tony Cheung, Gary Cheung

    ... scale down duties after op Executive Council member Bernard Chan says he will consider scaling back his work with NGOs after undergoing heart surgery on Monday- and ruled out a run for chief ... too tightly … Maybe I will cut some of my work with non-governmental bodies … but I won't reject appointments to public posts because of health." Besides his Exco duties and his role ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1463321/bernard-chan-may-scale-down-public-duties-after-heart-operation
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Lawmakers slam CY's Beijing call for 'breaching confidentiality'

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Affairs Office director, of the buyer's stamp duty against non-local flat buyers the night before it was introduced in October. The 15 per cent tax was to deter non-locals, including ... affairs joint panel meeting. If you say the buyer's stamp duty affects mainlanders and therefore you tell them in advance, did you also let them know of this double stamp duty since it also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1200493/lawmakers-slam-cys-beijing-call-breaching-confidentiality
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Liaison official questions 'ulterior motives' for raising opposing views

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 04:28am by Tanna Chong

    ... Television Network's licence application, and voted against extra stamp duty. Tien had been bemoaning the government's reluctance to listen to his party's opinions. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1444625/liaison-official-questions-ulterior-motives-raising-opposing-views
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Central Policy Unit head Shiu Sin-por calls for team to lobby lawmakers

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 03:29am by Tanna Chong

    ... stamp duty on property transactions. The government's problem in mustering enough votes has given rise to suspicions of interference by the central government's liaison office. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1445684/central-policy-unit-head-shiu-sin-por-calls-team-lobby-lawmakers
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    'I want to wake up Hongkongers': 'Long Hair' talks of his fight for the man on the street

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 11:36am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... a duty and they have a cause … there should be equal rights for everyone in Hong Kong." Leung is hardly a lone voice; he secured the most votes in the New Territories East constituency- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1482212/hong-kongs-che-guevara-struggles-be-voice-ordinary-people
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Parties split over amendments for Hong Kong property tax bill

    Posted Sep 24th 2013, 12:00am by Tony Cheung, Gary Cheung

    ... and Professionals Alliance, and fellow alliance lawmaker Abraham Razack hope their amendments will plug the "loopholes" in the Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill 2012, with the Democratic Party also ... and corporate buyers of property must pay an extra 15 per cent tax on top of the existing stamp duty, while a special stamp duty is levied on the resale of properties within three years of purchase, up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1316212/parties-split-over-amendments-hong-kong-property-tax-bill

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