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Task force does its job despite fights ahead

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There were no festive cheers for the final report submitted by the Task Force on Land Supply for housing to the government.

It covered no new grounds because all its recommendations had been previously reported and dissected. The public didn’t trust the task force and the government treated it as no more than a convenient tool. No wonder its members looked more relieved than happy now they could all go home after facing the most unrelenting criticism for performing a thankless public service.

But if news stories about the report have been underwhelming, it’s mostly because the task force has achieved something rare: a reasonably convincing public consensus. Nowadays, that’s not front-page material.

There is general agreement that development of brownfield sites in the New Territories........

© South China Morning Post