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Merchant of gloom makes a bet

29 Nov 2008 2:30 AM

An academic who expects zero interest rates within two years and a 40 per cent drop in house prices has promised to walk from Canberra to the top of Australia's highest mountain if he's wrong.

University of Western Sydney associate professor of economics and finance STEVE KEEN made the bet with Macquarie Group interest rate strategist RORY ROBERTSON.


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Police dissappointed by young drivers

14 Dec 2008 4:28 PM

Police have arrested a man for driving at 237 kilometres-an-hour on Sydney's Hume Highway.

And .. they say they are extremely disappointed with instances of irresponsible driving by young and inexperienced motorists overnight.


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P-plate driver returned blood alcohol reading of 0.265

06 Dec 2008 8:18 AM

SYDNEY, Dec 6 AAP - A P-plate driver has returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.265 after allegedly flagging down a police car in northern NSW.

Police said a 26-year-old woman had her licence confiscated after she returned a high-range PCA reading near Tamworth about 8pm (AEDT) on Friday.


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Feature Story Police arrest Chopper Read

MELBOURNE, Dec 15 AAP - Notorious criminal turned author Mark "Chopper" Read was arrested and then released on Monday after being allegedly attacked by a man with a tomahawk in a Melbourne street.

The 54-year-old confessed murderer became involved in a fight in inner-suburban Collingwood when he was approached by another 54-year-old man.

Feature Story Solar power energises outback Qld town

BRISBANE, Dec 14 AAP - Solar energy is powering a small outback town in south-west Queensland.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh on Sunday witnessed the emissions-free energy production at Australia's newest solar farm at Windorah - a Queensland first.

Feature Story Big fines and dumped alcohol for NYE drunks: police

SYDNEY, Dec 13 AAP - Police admit new laws including fines of up to $2,200 to curb alcohol-fuelled violence on New Year's Eve, might antagonise drunken louts.

Revellers ringing in the New Year in Sydney risk having their alcohol poured out and copping massive fines if they resist.

Feature Story Man pointed gun at police in dramatic arrest

SYDNEY, Dec 11 AAP - A man pointed a gun at police before surrendering in a dramatic arrest in the carpark of a club which had just been held up, police say.

Police have charged four men after staff at a licensed club were confronted by two men wearing balaclavas and armed with a shotgun in Hexham in the NSW Hunter region about 11.30pm (AEDT) on Wednesday.

Feature Story Consumers happier as interest rates tumble

CANBERRA, Dec 10 AAP - Big interest rate cuts, a huge cash injection from the government and tumbling petrol prices have bolstered the spirits of consumers.

And it is not just retailers that may benefit - demand for home loans has also increased, including from first-time buyers.

Feature Story Aussie escapes jet crash inferno

MELBOURNE, Dec 9 AAP - Australian Bill Dusting's life depended on a split second decision whether to turn left or right in San Diego on Monday.

He was running in blind panic from a pilot-less jet fighter aircraft that seemed to have him firmly in its in sights as it plunged to earth.

Feature Story Hotel brawl proof of need for new pub laws: Rees

SYDNEY, Dec 8 AAP - A brawl involving up to 600 people outside a western Sydney bar is proof tougher regulations are needed to curb alcohol-related violence, says NSW Premier Nathan Rees.

Police had to call in the riot squad, Pol Air helicopter and the dog squad to disperse the crowd outside Parramatta's Roxy Hotel about 11.45pm (AEDT) on Sunday.

Feature Story Govt inactive as author remains in Thai jail, family says

MELBOURNE, Dec 7 AAP - The family of an Australian author who is in a Thai jail accused of insulting the nation's royal family says the federal government has not done enough to secure his freedom.

Former Melbourne man Harry Nicolaides was arrested on August 31 at Bangkok Airport on his way back to Australia.

Feature Story US preparing for troop buildup in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 AP - The US military is beginning a massive building effort in Afghanistan to house the roughly 20,000 additional troops, including an undetermined increase in marines, that are expected to begin pouring in early next year, a top military officer said on Friday.

Major General Michael Tucker, deputy commander for operations for US forces in Afghanistan, told reporters military leaders are anticipating a "very active winter" of insurgency attacks.

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Govt backflips on means test for solar rebate

By Cathy Alexander 17 Dec 2008 6:32 PM

CANBERRA, Dec 17 AAP - All households will be able to get half-price solar panels after the federal government abandoned its unpopular decision to means-test its solar rebate.

The government will scrap the means test, meaning all Australian homes will qualify for a rebate worth up to $7,500.

The new rules mean any household can install a good-sized solar system and be as little as $7,500 out of pocket.

When this year's budget restricted the solar rebate to households earning less than $100,000, critics said it was a step backwards as climate change worsened.

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NSW: Police searching for convicted pedophile
Police are searching for a convicted pedophile in Sydney .. who's allegedly taken off his ankle bracelet and broken a home detention order.

NSW: Two men killed in head-on collision on north coast
SYDNEY, Dec 18 AAP - Two men have been killed in a head on collision on the NSW north coast.

Qld: New military helicopter launches in Brisbane
BRISBANE, Dec 18 AAP - Ageing defence force choppers are one step closer to the scrap heap after the launch of the first Brisbane-assembled replacement.

NSW: Sadness mingles with relief for residents of plane crash St
SYDNEY, Dec 18 AAP - Friends and neighbours gathered in the south-western Sydney suburb of Casula with a mixture of sadness and relief after a light plane crashed into a family home.

NSW: 'Foolish' police chase contributed to death: coroner
SYDNEY, Dec 18 AAP - NSW Police must bear some of the blame for the death of a young woman after they "foolishly" chased a car at high speed down a dirt track, a coroner has found.

NSW: Elderly flight instructor tested within past 6 months: CASA
Australia's aviation safety regulator says an 89-year-old flight instructor involved in a mid-air collision which killed two women would have been subjected to testing every six months.

NSW: Flying school shattered by deaths
Distraught staff and students at a Sydney flying school are being counselled after two colleagues died in an light plane crash.

NSW: Two police officers charged with drug offences
SYDNEY, Dec 18 AAP - Two country NSW police officers have been charged with supplying steroids and "hillbilly heroin", as well as for forging a doctor's prescription.

Aust stocks marginally up, energy stocks and CBA down

NSW: Two women dead after plane crashes into house
SYDNEY, Dec 18 AAP - A trip to see Santa has saved a mother and baby who would otherwise have been home when a light plane crashed into their Sydney house, killing two female pilots.

NSW: Man dies after truck strikes horse
SYDNEY, Dec 18 AAP - A man has died after his truck collided with a horse in northern NSW.

NSW: Explosions at two Sydney ATMs
SYDNEY, Dec 18 AAP - Explosions have destroyed two ATMs at banks in Sydney's south-west overnight.

NSW: Two men hurt in boat explosion in southern Sydney
A Sydney man is recovering in hospital with serious burns to his face and arms .. after a boat explosion at a marina last night.

Fed: Solar panels won't reduce overall emissions: think tank
CANBERRA, Dec 18 AAP - Encouraging households to install solar panels is a waste of time that won't reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by one kilogram, says a Canberra-based think tank.

Qld: Internet man keen for day in court
MAROOCHYDORE, Qld, Dec 18 AAP - A man charged over a video of another man swinging a baby around like a rag doll, says he'd be happy with a trial by jury.

US: An old skill for modern journalists - shoe throwing
WASHINGTON, SHNS - The modern journalist needs all sorts of skills - blogging, twittering, videographing, as well as being a Van Cliburn on the laptop - to which we might soon add the neglected art of shoe throwing.

Have a Great Depression and A Happy New Year
WASHINGTON/SYDNEY, Dec 17 AFP/AAP - Artist and comedy writer Andrew Shaffer has tapped into an improbable market: he began designing and selling Great Depression and atheist Christmas cards.

NSW: ATM attackers will be caught, says Kelly
SYDNEY, Dec 18 AAP - Brazen thieves have blown up another two ATMs in Sydney, with the government warning those responsible for the spate of ATM explosions that they will be caught.

Vic: Pair found guilty of manslaughter over stabbing
Two Victorian men have been found guilty of the manslaughter of a man who was fatally stabbed and bashed with a baseball bat.

NSW: Grandfather says he's blessed family avoided plane crash
SYDNEY, Dec 18 AAP - A visit to Santa Claus has saved the lives of a mother and her very young baby whose house was hit by a light plane in Sydney's south-west, the woman's father says.

NSW: Two women killed in Sydney plane collision
Police say the two people killed when their light plane slammed into a house after a mid-air collision in south-west Sydney are both women .. believed to be in their mid-20's.

NSW: Planes in mid-air collision owned by two flight schools
SYDNEY, Dec 18 AAP - A mid-air collision over Sydney, which resulted in the deaths of two women, involved planes from two different flight training schools.

MED: Coke not the real thing over contraception: study
PARIS, Dec 18 AFP - The belief that Coca-Cola works as an after-sex spermicide is nothing but urban legend, a scientist cautions in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Thursday.

FED: Australia's cochlear pioneer working on hi-fi version
The Australian scientist who pioneered the development of cochlear implants 30 years ago is now working on a hi-fi version .. to be available in as little as five years.

Fed: Drinkers starting to curb habit for health
CANBERRA, Dec 18 AAP - Drinkers are starting to rein in their habit for the sake of their health.

Vic: Police, youth relations at worrying low after teen's death
MELBOURNE, Dec 17 AAP - Relations between Victoria Police and the community are at a dangerous low after the shooting of teenager Tyler Cassidy, a crime expert has warned.

Vic: Police, youth relations at worrying low after teen's death
MELBOURNE, Dec 17 AAP - Relations between Victoria Police and the community are at a dangerous low after the shooting of teenager Tyler Cassidy, a crime expert has warned.

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