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Gov’t building bridges: Raymond Tam

Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam says the Government is striving to bridge differences among all parties to reach consensus on constitutional reform.   Speaking to the media today, Mr Tam said lawmakers’ recent Shanghai visit was the first step to bridging political differences, and the result was encouraging.   He encouraged more […]

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Gov’t protects maids’ rights, interests

 The Government attaches great importance to protecting  foreign domestic workers’ rights and interests, Secretary for Labour & Welfare Matthew Cheung reiterated today.   In reply to a reporter’s query, Mr Cheung noted the case against abused Indonesian domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih’s former employer will be heard in court on April 29. The woman is charged […]

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FS: Gov’t keeps close eye on property market

Financial Secretary John Tsang says the Government is keeping a close watch on the property market, and will respond appropriately as the situation warrants.   Speaking to the media today, Mr Tsang referred to an International Monetary Fund report published yesterday. It noted the fiscal measures the Government has deployed will be needed to spur […]

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Gov’t firm on needy aid

In 2014-15, government recurrent spending on social welfare and women’s interests will reach $ 56.9 billion, accounting for 18.5% of the total recurrent government expenditure of the year, second only to education. Compared with the revised estimate for 2013-14 ($ 51.9 billion), there is an increase of $ 5 billion (i.e. 9.7%). This reflects the […]

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Gov’t helps youth broaden horizons

The Home Affairs Bureau is responsible for quite a diversified policy portfolio covering a total of eight Heads of Expenditure. I will outline the priority areas with additional resources provided in the new financial year.   Firstly, in line with our youth policy of “fostering a culture of multi-faceted excellence”, a $ 100 million scholarship […]

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Gov’t determined to boost land supply

My 2014-15 recurrent expenditure on planning and lands is $ 4.30192 billion, representing an increase of $ 214.85 million, about 5%, compared with the revised estimate for 2013-14. The additional resources are mainly for the work to strengthen the land production to increase housing land supply, and to continue stepping up enforcement actions to enhance […]

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CS: Constitutional reform a Gov’t priority

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam says universal suffrage for the Chief Executive election in 2017 is a Government priority, and the whole governing team is united to further constitutional development.   Speaking to the media today, she said she is not aware of anyone inside the Government who would not want constitutional reform to succeed. On […]

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Gov’t House gardener keen on ‘green’

Spring’s arrival has set off a glorious chain reaction as the Government House gardens erupt into a riot of colour. About 30 types of azaleas – in rich red, purple, pink, and for the first time, yellow – have burst into bloom, breathing new life into the grounds surrounding the historic building.   The floral […]

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LegCo can meet Central Gov’t officials

Next month’s Shanghai visit for legislators will give them the chance to meet senior Central Government officials face-to-face.   Speaking to the media after a district council meeting today, Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam said many pan-democrats confided in him the wish to meet officials to express their views and those of […]

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Art shown at gov’t buildings

Four Government buildings will participate in the Art@Government Buildings public art project, displaying tailor-made works from local artists.   The General Post Office, Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hung Hom Community Hall and Sha Tin Town Hall will display the works from today until March 2015.   Artist Sze Wing-yee created The Letters for the General Post […]

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Gov’t House to hold open day

Government House will open to the public on March 16 from 10am to 5pm.    Visitors can see the garden and places where the Chief Executive holds official functions and receives dignitaries, and can enjoy free guided tours and musical performances by the Police Band and student ensembles.   Display boards and two-dimensional barcodes will […]

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Gov’t curbing ‘job-hopping’

The Immigration Department has enhanced measures to prevent foreign maids from misusing premature contract termination arrangements to gain extra money over passage, a practice known as “job-hopping”.   Secretary for Security TK Lai told legislators today the department has strengthened employment visa application assessment for foreign maids who repeatedly terminate their contracts prematurely.   In […]

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Gov’t to promote city’s development

The SAR Government will continue to – shall we say – gallop ahead in promoting economic development and improving people’s livelihood. We will strive to meet the needs and expectations of the community and we will seize the many development opportunities for Hong Kong, including constitutional reform, that lie ahead.   Our city is consistently […]

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Gov’t exploring more options for senior care

The Government will continue to find new ways to help elderly citizens lead full and active lives, under a policy of ‘ageing in place as the core, institutional care as backup’, says Secretary for Labour & Welfare Matthew Cheung.   Visiting a seniors’ centre in Mong Kok this morning, Mr Cheung wished residents good health […]

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Gov’t still open on reform consultation: CS

The Government maintains an open attitude towards the constitutional reform consultation, although it must clarify and explain points of law when appropriate, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam says.   Speaking to reporters today, Mrs Lam said a legal foundation is the reform’s main consideration, and there are also political and practical considerations for proposals. As the […]

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