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Standing Wager
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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NSW: Motorcyclist killed on mid-north coast
SYDNEY, Dec 21 AAP - The NSW holiday road toll has risen to four, after a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a bus on the state's mid-north coast.

Fed: Death in WA brings national holiday toll to 12
A fatal rollover in the remote West Australian town of Leonora is the first traffic fatality in the state this Christmas season .. bringing the national holiday toll to 12.

ASIA: Taliban dismiss planned US troop increase
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec 21 AFP - The Taliban has dismissed US plans to send as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, warning the US-led coalition will be defeated as the Russians were in the 1980s.

Qld:Woman found dead with stab wounds, man charged with murder
BRISBANE, Dec 21 AAP - A 53-year-old man has been charged with murder after a woman was found stabbed to death in a central Queensland house.

NSW: Police had tasers but no one to use them
SYDNEY, Dec 21 AAP - A junior police officer who shot a knife-wielding woman in western Sydney was not qualified to use a Taser stun gun, despite the weapon being available at her police station.

CAM: Key dates during 50 years of Cuban revolution
Key moments in Cuba's past 50 years:

US: Biden warns economy in danger of "absolutely tanking"
WASHINGTON, Dec 20 DPA - Vice president-elect Joe Biden has warned in a television interview that the US economy is in danger of "absolutely tanking".

Vic: Death of motorist brings Vic road toll to four
MELBOURNE, Dec 21 AAP - Police are investigating the death of a motorist that brings Victoria's Christmas road toll to four.

NSW: NSW road toll rises to three after Pacific Hwy accident
SYDNEY, Dec 20 AAP - The NSW Christmas road toll has risen to three this weekend after a teenager was killed when a four wheel drive vehicle rolled on the Pacific Highway in the state's north.

NSW: Woman in hospital after being shot by police
SYDNEY, Dec 21 AAP - A Sydney woman is in hospital after being shot by police when she attacked officers with a knife.

Vic: Twelve youths who overdosed in hospital after rave party
MELBOURNE, Dec 21 AAP - Twelve youths who overdosed on drugs are in hospital after a Melbourne rave party.

Vic: Bungled break-in ends in collapsed cherry picker
MELBOURNE, Dec 21 AAP - Two men have been hospitalised and a third is speaking to police after allegedly breaking into a Melbourne building site and crashing a cherry picker.

US: State begins prosecuting cyberbullys
ST LOUIS, December 20 AP - A 21-year-old woman accused of sending a vulgar text message to a 17-year-old girl is one of the first cases brought under a law against cyberbullying spurred by the suicide of a teenage girl following cruel internet messages on the Internet.

FED: VIC's 2nd road death today lifts national toll to six
The national holiday road toll has climbed to six .. with the latest fatality in Victoria bringing the state's toll to three.

FED: National holiday road toll rises to seven
The national holiday road toll has risen to seven with deaths in the Northern Territory .. Victoria and NSW.

ASIA: Up to 30,000 more US troops in Afghanistan by mid-2009
KABUL, Dec 20 AFP - The United States plans to send between 20,000 and 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan by mid-2009, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen, said in Kabul on Saturday.

NT: NT holiday road toll rises to two
DARWIN, Dec 21 AAP - The Northern Territory's holiday road toll has risen to two with the death of a pedestrian on the Stuart Highway at Knuckeys Lagoon.

NSW: At least one person killed in crash in south Sydney
SYDNEY, Dec 20 AAP - New South Wales has recorded its first road death for the holiday period, after a three-car pile-up killed at least one person in Sydney's south.

FED: NSW death lifts national holiday road toll to five
New South Wales has recorded its first road death for the holiday period .. raising the national holiday road toll to five.

FED: National holiday road increases to four
The death of a 55-year pedestrian in Victoria has brought the national holiday road toll to four.

VIC: Pedestrian dies after being hit by truck
MELBOURNE, Dec 20 AAP - A 55-year-old pedestrian has been struck and killed by a semi-trailer while walking along a darkened stretch of freeway south-east of Melbourne.

NSW: Porsche and motorcycles in 224km/h road race: police
SYDNEY, Dec 20 AAP - The drivers of a Porsche and two motorcycles have had their vehicles confiscated after reaching speeds of more than 220km/h in an alleged road race.

Qld: Dead motorcyclist earlier evaded police
BRISBANE, Dec 20 AAP - A motorcyclist who died in a high speed crash in central Queensland had earlier evaded police attempts to stop him.

NSW: ATM blown up on central coast
Another automatic teller machine has been blown up by thieves .. this time on the central coast at Umina.

NSW: Man barricades himself in house with tomahawk - police
SYDNEY, Dec 20 AAP - Police used Taser stun guns to subdue a man who barricaded himself inside a house in Sydney's south after attacking a woman with a tomahawk.

NSW: Cannabis house uncovered in inner-Sydney, police say
SYDNEY, Dec 20 AAP - An elaborate hydroponic cannabis set-up has been uncovered in an inner-Sydney house, with drugs worth an estimated $200,000.

Fed: Three holiday road deaths so far
SYDNEY, Dec 20 AAP - The death of a motorcyclist in central Queensland has taken the Christmas/New Year road toll to three.

NSW: Woman hits man with car, tests positive for drink driving
SYDNEY, Dec 20 AAP - A woman motorist who knocked down a pedestrian early on Saturday tested three times over the drink driving limit, police say.

Vic: Police Christmas road blitz biggest ever
MELBOURNE, Dec 20 AAP - Victoria Police has launched its biggest ever road blitz, targeting drunken drivers and dangerously stupid young ones.

PAC: Police continue search of river for clues
WELLINGTON, Dec 20 NZPA - New Zealand police are searching a Christchurch river for clues to the death prostitute Ngatai Lynette Manning.

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