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  1. Gay rights 'a right, not a matter of opinion'

    Posted Jan 15th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Affairs Stephen Fisher told yesterday's home affairs panel meeting that the survey would look at the possibility of a law banning discrimination based on people's sexual orientation. ... to employment and other rights.' But Mr Fisher said the government had to seek the support of the public and of Legco to ensure the law would pass. 'There must be public support and public ...

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    Poverty Commission set to define poverty line

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... a fairly agreed-on consensus already. It's best to not waste time arguing over it," Oxfam Hong Kong director general Stephen Fisher said. Fisher, former director of social welfare, said ... tackling the poverty line, the first meeting is expected to cover the basic ground rules with "nothing new, but all necessary", Fisher said. He hoped the commission would be able to make ...

  3. Draft anti-racism laws may have exemptions

    Posted Oct 31st 2003, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Stephen Fisher said small and medium-sized enterprises might be granted a three-year grace period to allow them to adjust to the new law. Second, Mr Fisher said that while the law would protect ... are residing in small premises and wish to rent out a room in the flat while sharing the kitchen, toilet and common areas should not be required to comply fully with the law,' Mr Fisher said. ...

  4. Legislators press for anti-bias law to protect mainland migrants

    Posted Feb 11th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Stephen Fisher said it would not be possible to include mainlanders in the ordinance 'because we are all Chinese'. The proposed Racial Discrimination ... legislation to cover new Chinese arrivals in Hong Kong. Criticising the scope of the definitions laid out in the bill, she told Mr Fisher at yesterday's home affairs panel meeting: ...

  5. HK$300m short-term boost for welfare pay

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... solution'. Director of Social Welfare Stephen Fisher said the measures were advanced in response to the demands of the welfare sector. 'We shall apply for a one-off grant of HK$200 million from the Lotteries Fund Advisory Committee to assist those organisations with financial or recruitment problems,' Mr Fisher said. 'In the market, the starting salaries of many posts have been ...

  6. Rise in number of CSSA applicants expected

    Posted Nov 10th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam The number of CSSA applications are expected to rise in the next few months. Social Welfare Department director Stephen Fisher said that during other crises, the number of applications from the unemployed and low-income workers had increased. The department would see whether the government needed to inject more resources into welfare, he said. ...

  7. Watchdog placed on the agenda

    Posted Oct 04th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani The government will consider forming a children's commission to co-ordinate policies affecting the interests of children. Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Stephen Fisher said the administration would consider setting up a central co-ordinating system, which the United Nations and non-governmental organisations have been seeking for years. 'We already ...

  8. 'No welfare' for HK-born children of mainlanders

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

    ... to the children's parents on the mainland or appointed families were refusing to take care of the children unless they were subsidised, social welfare director Stephen Fisher said. Before February 1, senior social welfare officials were also empowered to approve the assistance for such children. Mr Fisher said he would not grant discretionary CSSA to children who were living apart from ...

  9. Care needed on child welfare applications

    Posted Mar 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that families can stay together. This upholding of family values rightly enjoys strong support in the community. But it must not be abused. Social welfare director Stephen Fisher has decided ... to HK$1,665 was, in some cases, being sent to the mainland parents across the border. In other cases, families looking after such children in Hong Kong were demanding the payment. Mr Fisher argues ...

  10. Most say gays are ok, as long as they're not family

    Posted Feb 14th 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... with homosexuals and whether they thought discrimination against them was a problem. Stephen Fisher, the Home Affairs Bureau's acting permanent secretary, said the full report would be presented ... Fisher said the bureau may consider further researching the extent of discrimination against sexual minorities by commissioning a study focusing on victims. Meanwhile, members ...




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