1. Legislative Councilors of the Party had a meeting with Chief Executive Donald Tsang on Sept 14 (Tuesday) and proposed about 260 suggestions for Mr. Tsang’s October policy address.
2. The Civic Party wants the government to stop adopting a book keeper mentality and urges it to act responsibly in managing public finance. The government should utilize fiscal reserves to invest in society and increase welfare expenditure.
3. In response to the rapidly rising property prices, Civic Party proposes to renew supply of suitable quantity of HOS flats, while at the same time revisit the qualifying criteria for applicants of public housing and HOS flats; to auction lands with restrictions written into the conditions that successful bidders could not build flats above a certain prescribed maximum size; and to exclude property purchase as qualifying investment from the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme.
4. For social investment, Civic Party suggests the increase in green employment, replacement of old buses, betterment of urban greenery, adoption of low carbon policy, and etc.
5. Civic Party lists a series of poverty alleviation measures. For example, to implement minimum wage scheme as soon as practicable and to timely review the wage level so as to ensure that it meets the society’s needs at any one time; to forthwith subsidize public transport to the extent of 25%, which has the effect of immediately reducing public’s spending on public transport to 75% of what it is now; and to restore CSSA payout levels to what they used to be in 2003.
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