Australian Federal Election

Sales rise 42pc

Official figures showed property sales in the first half of this year were better than the previous six months. There were 54,822 sales and purchase agreements, up 42 per cent on the second half of last year, but down 22 per cent from the same period last year.

Friday, 20 July, 2012, 12:00am

Rudd wants a fair shake of sauce bottle

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has told her nation that the leadership fight that has split the ruling Labor Party is not just a reality television drama. And she's right - it is far more entertaining than that.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Majority oppose polls-axe bid

A majority of Hong Kong people - particularly the young and educated - oppose the government's plan to scrap by-elections for Legco seats and think a consultation should have been held before attempting to push the amendment through, a poll has found.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Reforms backed but not understood: poll

The first comprehensive survey of public attitudes to the latest consultation document on political reform has found more supporters of the government's tentative proposals than opponents.

8 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Labor Party makes long-distance call to HK-based Australian voters

A billboard stands above the bustle of Cameron Road in Tsim Sha Tsui of a man named Kevin Rudd claiming 'A Plan For Australia's Future'.

Wrong country, surely, to be touting 'Kevin Rudd and Labor New Leadership' for an election held thousands of kilometres away?

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Mainland third-quarter GDP forecast to hit 12pc

The mainland's robust economic growth is expected to accelerate in the third quarter, putting more pressure on Beijing to use further tightening measures to keep the economy on the right track.

24 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Milky Bar Kid for PM?

The man tipped to become Australia's next prime minister has not escaped the sharp-tongued wit of the purple-haired housewife from Moonee Ponds. 'Do we want a prime minister who looks like a dentist?' Dame Edna Everage, otherwise known as comedian Barry Humphries, asked of the Labor Party leader in a recent stage show.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

BEA shares fall as profit growth slows to HK$1.87b on rising costs

Bank of East Asia shares slid yesterday after the city's fifth-largest lender reported a weaker than expected 19.9 per cent rise in first-half earnings.

The shares fell as much as 7.69 per cent as investors punished the bank immediately after the release of the results. They closed 4.32 per cent lower at HK$45.40.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Think-tank tips growth to slow in 2nd quarter

Projection puts CPI, GDP targets in range

The mainland's economic growth rate is expected to slow slightly to 10.8 per cent in second quarter of the year following the robust 11.1 per cent in the first quarter, according to a government think-tank.

9 May 2007 - 12:00am

Economic growth in rural areas still slower than urban regions

The mainland's rural areas still lag far behind urban areas in economic growth and face intense inflationary pressure despite government efforts, including earmarking in recent years huge funds to help farmers, according to the latest National Statistics Bureau data.

21 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Little public support for sharp rise in medical fees

The public opposes the Hospital Authority's controversial plans to cut the government's cost and deter abuse by dramatically raising public hospital fees this year, a poll has indicated.

A phone poll of 932 people by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong found 40 per cent oppose any fee rise for accident and emergency services.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Tough decisions better sooner rather than later

China has posted another set of economic data that would be the envy of any government - a high growth rate, relatively low inflation and an impressive increase in the amount of investment.

22 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Strong growth in sales gives hope of soft landing

The 13.1pc increase provides evidence consumer spending can drive economy

China's retail sales increased to 426 billion yuan for August, a brisk rise of 13.1 per cent compared with the same month last year.

15 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

GDP up 10pc in first half despite cooling measures

Growth increased from 9.8pc in first quarter to an estimated 11.3pc in second

The mainland's gross domestic product grew more than 10 per cent in the first half of the year despite government moves to slow the economy, a top mainland official said yesterday.

7 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Pro-China lineup loses support: poll

The number of registered voters intending to vote for pro-China candidates in next month's district council elections has slipped to just 4 per cent, a survey has revealed.

29 Oct 2003 - 12:00am