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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 Govt backflips on means test for solar rebate

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.

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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Experts urge police to improve relations with public

By Greg Roberts 19 Dec 2008 3:35 PM

MELBOURNE, Dec 19 AAP - After a week of anger and accusations, a sad funeral song perhaps summed up the death of 15-year-old Tyler Cassidy best.

The pop song "Forever Young" celebrates the innocence of youth and brought tears to a packed St John the Baptist Catholic church in Melbourne on Thursday.

The song's film-clip features young skate-boarders and it was at a skate park in Northcote where Tyler was shot and killed by three of four police officers he confronted with knives on the night of December 11.

Those who loved Tyler got to say goodbye, but the anger and resentment toward police for killing a 15-year-old boy remains, and it has crime experts and youth workers worried.

They have urged the community to let a coronial inquiry into the death run its course before judging the police, but they fear the anger could explode if not handled properly.

Continued .....

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Vic: Experts urge police to improve relations with public
MELBOURNE, Dec 19 AAP - After a week of anger and accusations, a sad funeral song perhaps summed up the death of 15-year-old Tyler Cassidy best.

FED: Hostile reaction to Labor's new awards regime
CANBERRA, Dec 19 AAP - A nine month effort to reduce 500 industrial awards to just 17 covering key industries has been met with hostile reaction from employers and unions alike.

Vic: Harris to help police catch other fraudsters
The woman dubbed the `catch me if you can' thief will help authorities catch other fraudsters .. by revealing her trade secrets in a police training video.

Aust stocks ignore Wall St to end week on a high
SYDNEY, Dec 19 AAP - The Australian share market shrugged off a big fall on Wall Street and weaker commodity prices to post a gain on stronger banking stocks.

Fed: What on earth is emissions trading?
CANBERRA, Dec 19 AAP - Don't understand emissions trading? Never fear - you are in very good company.

NSW:Mum killer who demanded long jail term 'dangerous' - brother
SYDNEY, Dec 19 AAP - A man who murdered his mother in her bed is a dangerous master of deceit who only asked a court for a tough jail term so he could gain "maximum notoriety," his brother says.

NSW: Two officers injured during arrest - police
SYDNEY, Dec 19 AAP - Two police officers have been injured, one by a beer bottle, while responding to a call-out on the NSW far south coast, police say.

Qld: Australian made doesn't mean ethically made
BRISBANE, Dec 19 AAP - Your new T-shirt may be labelled "Made in Australia" but it could still be the product of work conditions akin to a sweatshop.

NSW: ATM thieves strike again
Brazen ATM thieves have struck again in Sydney .. blowing up two more machines and escaping with cash.

NSW: Police warn women after attack
SYDNEY, Dec 19 AAP - An attack on a lone woman motorist in southern NSW has prompted a police warning to female drivers to only get out of their cars at night in well-lit areas.

US: Mars orbiter makes find that suggests wet past
LOS ANGELES, Dec 18 AP - A Mars spacecraft for the first time spotted a key mineral in bedrock on the Martian surface, suggesting parts of the planet might have once had an environment hospitable to life, scientists reported on Thursday.

Vic: Teen driving at high speeds during police blitz
MELBOURNE, Dec 19 AAP - A teenager has been caught driving almost double the speed limit in Melbourne's inner north.

NSW: Nursing changes won't compromise patients - NSW Health
NSW Health says changes to the ratio of nurses in public hospitals is about efficient use of resources and patient care won't be compromised.

EUR: Amsterdam's dare: balancing chic and shady in red light district
AMSTERDAM, AFP - In the shadow of a 14th-century Gothic church and a stone's throw from a day care centre, prostitutes flaunt their bodies in red neon-lit windows that Amsterdam city leaders now plan to shutter.

NSW: More people to be charged over Stannies sex claims: court
SYDNEY, Dec 19 AAP - More people are to be charged over alleged sexual assaults at a NSW boarding school, a Sydney magistrate has been told.

Vic: More jail time for catch me if you can thief
The woman dubbed the 'catch me if you can' thief .. who used fake identities and stolen bank cards to dishonestly obtain almost 150-thousand dollars .. has been jailed for five years and nine months.

NSW: Plane collision survivors to help investigators
SYDNEY, Dec 19 AAP - The survivors of a fatal mid-air collision over Sydney's south-west may be taken to the crash site to help investigators piece together what went wrong.

Fed: Qld nursing home sanctioned
A Queensland nursing home has been sanctioned for failing to adequately feed and care for residents.

NSW: Man labels his jail sentence for murdering mum "inadequate"
SYDNEY, Dec 19 AAP - A man who had sought the maximum jail term for murdering his environmentalist mother has told a Sydney court his sentence of at least 17 years is "manifestly inadequate".

Fed: Hyperactive end to a hyperactive year
CANBERRA, Dec 19 AAP - In a hyperactive end to the year, Kevin Rudd squeezed in another pre-Christmas lightning visit to troops in Afghanistan amid a flurry of big ticket domestic announcements.

PAC: Turning possum pest into luxury fashion
WELLINGTON, AFP - The Australian brushtailed possum is an ecological disaster in New Zealand but these days it can be found in Washington and Hollywood as well.

Vic: Serial rapist lashes out at police in court
MELBOURNE, Dec 19 AAP - A serial rapist has lashed out at police in a Melbourne court, hurling a glass of water at a detective and calling another officer a "f**king dog".

Vic: Heroin addict jailed for bashing granny for $60
MELBOURNE, Dec 19 AAP - A heroin addict who bashed and tried to strangle his grandmother for $60 has been jailed for four and a half years.

Metal Storm says progress made in US weapons contract
SYDNEY, Dec 19 AAP - Budding weapons maker Metal Storm Ltd says it has successfully completed a significant testing requirement of an agreement with a US defence contractor.

FED: Weird and wonderful science of 2008
SYDNEY, AAP - Offbeat research and bizarre findings from the medical world in 2008:

NSW: Richardson documents could lead to perjury charge if proved
A senior barrister says new evidence about a Swiss bank account in the name of former federal Labor minister GRAHAM RICHARDSON could lead to his prosecution for perjury.

NSW: Instructor dreamt of flying since she was a young girl
SYDNEY, Dec 19 AAP - A young flight instructor who died when her plane crashed after a mid-air collision over Sydney had dreamt of flying since she was in primary school.

Vic: Police anticipate spike in Christmas domestic violence
MELBOURNE, Dec 19 AAP - Family violence is expected to peak over the Christmas holiday season, with shocking new statistics showing New Year's Day is the worst day for incidences of abuse.

FED: Flu tablets pulled from shelves after allergic reactions
A spate of serious allergic reactions has sparked the Australia-wide recall of two types of cold and flu tablet.

NSW: Conwoman to be sentenced today
One of Australia's most brazen conwomen is expected to be sentenced today.

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