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Focus on the Policy Address; Cleaning Up Our Air - What Can We Learn from Korea? (13 Oct 2006)


We begin this week's show by focusing on Chief Executive Donald Tsang's second Policy Address. Most of the media attention has been on the initiatives to subsidise early childhood education, including vouchers for parents with children in non-profit making kindergartens, the proposal to launch a voluntary Wage Protection Movement rather than introduce minimum wage legislation, and incentives to encourage owners to replace their older diesel vehicles. The government describes the Address as pragmatic and proactive. Critical voices say it was conservative and short-term. We look at the Address itself and at the CE's attempts to win over his critics. In Wednesday's Address, the Chief Executive also described improving our environment as a priority, and mentioned some measures the government plans to take to do that. South Korea's capital, Seoul, has become something of a poster child for how to make the air more breathable. Could some of the city's initiatives work here?

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, October 13, 2006
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