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Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Since the 1970s, foreign domestic workers have been permitted to stay in Hong Kong to address the city's shortage of local, full-time live-in helpers. At present, their minimum allowable wage is HK$4,310 per month.

Well-balanced budget, with a light finish

Anyone who enjoys a good glass of wine - and I include myself in that number - could be accused of bias in favour of a financial secretary who abolishes duty on alcohol sales. Critics might even say we are looking at John Tsang Chun-wah's maiden budget through rose-tinted spectacles.