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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 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.

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.

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.

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Israel threatens major offensive against Gaza

By Ron Bousso 22 Dec 2008 12:45 AM

JERUSALEM, Dec 21 AFP - Israel threatened on Sunday to launch a major offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as violence simmered around the impoverished territory days after the end of a truce with the Islamists.

Senior officials said after the weekly cabinet meeting that Israel is preparing a "response" to continuing rocket strikes from the besieged Palestinian coastal strip.

"We are preparing our response to the Hamas threat, with the decision yet to be taken on the timing and the scale," Amos Gilad, a senior adviser to Defence Secretary Ehud Barak, told public radio after ministers debated whether to launch a major ground incursion.

"We have to prepare for it carefully, like for a surgical operation," he said.

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NSW: Christmas tree catches fire in Sydney's south-west
Six people have been taken to hospital after a Christmas tree caught fire in Sydney.

Vic: Two women injured in Melbourne drag race
MELBOURNE, Dec 25 AAP - Two women were seriously injured when their car rolled during an apparent drag race in Melbourne's north.

US: Man set up dental office in his kitchen
PEEKSKILL, New York, Dec 24 AP - A man has been accused of operating an illegal dentist's office in the kitchen of his suburban New York home and giving patients wine from a jug to help them cope with the pain.

NSW: Family shattered over fatal plane crash
SYDNEY, Dec 25 AAP - The pilot of a fatal plane crash is lucky to be alive but his family is grieving the death of his brother-in-law.

NSW: Christmas rings in with pub brawl in Sydney
SYDNEY, Dec 25 AAP - Christmas has kicked off with a massive brawl outside a hotel in Sydney's west.

NSW: Man's arm severed in train accident
A Sydney man's still waiting for surgery to try and re-attach his arm after it was severed when he tried to board a moving train.

Vic: MP declares his innocence, vows to fight rape charge
MELBOURNE, Dec 24 AAP - Senior Victorian MP Theo Theophanous has lashed out at police who charged him with rape on Monday, accusing them of ignoring vital evidence that proves his innocence.

CHN: Film to be shot in quake-hit city of Chengdu
HONG KONG, Dec 24 AP - A Chinese rock musician will team up with two directors to shoot a film set in Chengdu, the central Chinese city that was devastated in May by a massive earthquake that killed 70,000 people.

NSW: State on target for lowest toll since 1943: minister
SYDNEY, Dec 24 AAP - NSW is on track to record the lowest annual road toll since 1943, despite a bad start to the festive season with seven road deaths in four days.

NSW: Yachtsman rescued off Norfolk Island
Two weeks past his expected arrival in New Zealand .. a yachtsman's been found near Norfolk Island after washing onto rocks.

NSW: Australian troops to remain in Iraq: Fitzgibbon
SYDNEY, Dec 24 AAP - Australia intends to maintain a non-combat military presence in Iraq following authorisation from the Gulf nation for foreign troops to stay for the first half of 2009.

Aust stocks close higher on pre-Xmas sentiment
MELBOURNE, Dec 24 AAP - The Australian share market closed stronger in thin pre-Christmas following a rebound in major resources stocks.

EUR: Gays outraged by Pope's 'homophobic attack'
VATICAN CITY, Dec 23 AFP - A suggestion by Pope Benedict XVI that homosexuality is as much of a threat to the survival of the human race as climate change has sparked outrage among gay rights campaigners.

MID: Foreign troop numbers in Iraq
A list of different countries' contributions to the US-led multinational force in Iraq.

NSW: Thieves and con artists work during the holidays: Kelly
SYDNEY, Dec 24 AAP - NSW police minister Tony Kelly is urging residents to be on their guard as this is the time of the year that thieves and con artists strike.

NSW: NSW road toll now seven after Port Macquarie crash
A woman's been killed and two people have been trapped .. after their car ran off the Pacific Highway and crashed into a signpost and trees on the NSW mid-north coast.

SA: Perth man dies after being hit twice in Adelaide
ADELAIDE, Dec 24 AAP - A 26-year-old Perth man, struck by two cars while crossing a road in Adelaide, has died in hospital.

NSW: Gun laws and anmesty in the firing line
SYDNEY, Dec 23 AAP - Time goes very quickly when you're staring down the barrel of a gun.

FED: The Anti-Terrorism Act got plenty of use in 2008
CANBERRA, Dec 16 AAP - The 44 anti-terrorism laws introduced since September 11 got a solid workout in 2008.

NSW: 13-person brawl leaves three injured.
SYDNEY, Dec 24 AAP - Police are appealing for information after more than a dozen people were injured in a large brawl in central Sydney on Tuesday night.

NSW: Man nabbed at Sydney airport over piracy ring
SYDNEY, Dec 24 AAP - A New Zealand man nabbed at Sydney airport has been charged over an international music piracy ring.

NSW: National Holiday Road toll jumps to 19
SYDNEY, Dec 24 AAP - The national Christmas holiday road toll has jumped to 25 with accidents on Wednesday morning in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

NSW: Man shot in face and woman abducted in the Hunter
SYDNEY, Dec 24 AAP - A man has been shot in the face and his female companion abducted by a masked man in NSW's Hunter region.

US: Gunman killed, boy hurt during LA hostage standoff
EL MONTE, California, Dec 23 AP - A camouflaged gunman has been killed during a standoff with police that began when he snatched a boy off the sidewalk and held him hostage in a suburban Los Angeles restaurant.

WA: Two killed on WA roads taking national toll to 19
Western Australia's holiday road toll has risen to three following separate accidents which claimed the lives of two people in Perth this afternoon.

NSW: National Holiday Road toll jumps to 19
The national holiday road toll has jumped to 19 after separate accidents claimed the lives of two people in Western Australia this afternoon.

UK: Milkman who supplied cannabis to elderly faces jail
LONDON, Dec 23 AAP - A milkman who supplied cannabis to elderly customers to ward off their "aches and pains" is facing a possible jail term in Britain.

FED: Labor denies trialling flawed internet censorship technology
CANBERRA, Dec 23 AAP - The federal government has distanced itself from a report that found internet censorship technology under consideration is seriously flawed.

Qld: Son sees father electrocuted
BRISBANE, Dec 23 AAP - An 11-year-old boy has watched his father be electrocuted while trying to retrieve a kite caught in power lines.

NSW: Couple charged over kilo of coke in car
SYDNEY, Dec 23 AAP - A man and a woman have been charged after police seized a kilogram of cocaine worth almost half a million dollars during a vehicle stop in Sydney.

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