Author: Jin Kok

Couchsurfing: more than just free accommodation

By Jin Kok Couchsurfing was conceptualised in 1999 when founder Casey Fenton needed a place to stay after finding cheap tickets to Ireland, this would be the start of a global network that now has almost 3 million users.

Corporate Australia steps up to rebuild community kindergarten

By Jin Kok Bellbowrie Kindergarten opened its doors to students for the first time today after the January floods inundated the building right up to its ceiling. More than 40 children have been based in the nearby Pullenvale State School

Police Minister proposes changes to Qld weapon laws

By Jin Kok Queensland Police Minister Neil Roberts has announced changes to the state’s weapons laws that will see tighter controls and stricter penalties for weapons-related offenses. Under the Bill introduced into Parliament today, penalties for behavourial offenses such as

Stephen Isles calls for inquest into handling of father’s disappearance

By Jin Kok The Brisbane Coroners Court has heard today that a “deficient and overly biased” investigation into a Queensland police officer’s disappearance in September 2009 should be the focus of an upcoming inquest. Senior Sergeant Mick Isles disappeared while

Indigenous university students suffer from “lack of support”

By Kayla Brereton, Jin Kok Indigenous students aren’t getting enough support from their universities, a study involving more than 500 indigenous students has found. The results come even as one-third of respondents say having designated Indigenous university centres helped them

Qantas pilots unhappy with job security consider going on strike

By Michelle Thomas and Jin Kok Qantas pilots are threatening to join their engineering counterparts who will go on strike tomorrow in protest of the lack of job security within the company. About 1,600 Qantas engineers from Australian Licensed Aircraft

Convicted corrupt Nuttall to address Qld Parliament

By Kieran Marsh and Jin Kok Former Queensland Government minister Gordon Nuttall will speak publicly in Parliament on Thursday for the first time since being convicted and jailed for corruption. After two years in a maximum security prison, Nuttall will

Government tackles unemployment with wage subsidies for employers

By Dominique Wiehahnm, Jin Kok Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has announced $233 million in the Federal Budget to push long-term unemployed people back into jobs. The Government will offer 35,000 wage subsidies to employers taking on workers who have been

Government unveils new power tariff system

By Andrew Cook and Jin Kok The Queensland Government says it will introduce a peak and off-peak method for charging electricity to ease pressure on the state’s ailing power grid. The new system will allow people to pay less if

Budget promises tax offsets for low income earners

Treasurer Wayne Swan has given an insight into the Federal Budget ahead of tomorrow’s official announcement. As some economists predict a deficit of $51-billion, the Gillard Government has acknowledged the need for substantial cost-cutting. Briony Skinner reports.