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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 Israel threatens major offensive against Gaza

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.

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.

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Massive Israeli air raids on Gaza kill 120: Palestinians

27 Dec 2008 9:54 PM

GAZA CITY, Dec 27 AFP - Israeli aircraft launched a massive wave of air strikes on Hamas compounds inside the Gaza Strip, killing at least 120 Palestinians, medics said.

Most of the dead are believed to have been inside police headquarters, Hamas said.

The mid-morning air raids followed days of rocket and mortar attacks on Israel by militants inside Gaza, which the Jewish state had warned would be met with harsh reprisals.

The Islamist movement's radio station said that more than 100 people were also wounded in the raids that began at 11.30 am (2030 AEDT) on Saturday.

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MID: Hamas fires rockets at Israel after deadly air raids
GAZA CITY, Dec 27 AFP - Hamas said it had fired rockets into Israel in retaliation for a wave of massive air strikes that killed up to 155 people in its Gaza Strip stronghold.

MID: Israeli woman killed by Gaza rocket
JERUSALEM, Dec 27 AFP - An Israeli woman has been killed in the southern town of Netivot by a rocket launched by militants in Gaza, where massive Israeli air strikes have killed up to 155 Palestinians, medics said.

MID: Massive Israeli air raids on Gaza kill at least 140: Hamas
GAZA CITY, Dec 27 AFP - Israel has launched a massive wave of air strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza, killing at least 140 Palestinians after warning of a fiery riposte to ongoing rocket fire.

MID: Israeli strikes hit Gaza hard
GAZA CITY, Dec 27 AP - Israeli aircraft have struck Hamas security compounds across Gaza in unprecedented waves of simultaneous strikes. Hamas and medics reported that dozens of people were killed and that others were still buried under the rubble.

MID: Massive Israeli air raids on Gaza kill 120: Palestinians
GAZA CITY, Dec 27 AFP - Israeli aircraft launched a massive wave of air strikes on Hamas compounds inside the Gaza Strip, killing at least 120 Palestinians, medics said.

MID: Israel launches massive air raid on Gaza
GAZA CITY, Dec 27 AFP - Israeli aircraft have launched a massive air raid on Hamas installations inside the Gaza Strip.

NSW: Massive shark menaces kayakers off Sydney
SYDNEY, Dec 27 AAP - A great white shark has menaced a group of kayakers off Sydney's northern beaches until some quick-thinking fishermen in a tinnie went to their rescue.

Fed: Holiday road toll rises to 32 after two deaths in WA
SYDNEY, Dec 27 AAP - Two fatalities in Western Australia have brought the national holiday road toll to 32.

NSW: Holiday road toll rises to 30
There've been no reported deaths on the nation's roads so far today.

Vic: Police renew plea to help find missing psychiatric patient
MELBOURNE, Dec 27 AAP - Police have appealed again for help to find a Victorian woman who went missing from a psychiatric clinic more than a week ago.

Vic: Screwdriver stabbing victim dies in hospital, man charged
MELBOURNE, Dec 27 AAP - The father of a young Victorian man stabbed in the head with a screwdriver has told how he watched the life drain out of his son.

NSW: Crews bring bushfire under control
SYDNEY, Dec 27 AAP - Emergency crews have contained a bushfire burning in the NSW central west for four days.

US: Street blamed for fatal US car-show crash
The final state report into a 2007 car show crash in Tennessee in which an Australian drag racer accidentally killed six people .. blamed the design of the street where the event was staged.

NSW: Man attacked by group at Sydney service station.
A man is in hospital after allegedly being attacked by a group of men at a service station north-west of Sydney.

NSW: Eight people charged with riot offences in western NSW.
SYDNEY, Dec 27 AAP - Eight people have been charged with rioting following an attack on a man in western NSW.

Vic: Man charged after man stabbed in head with screwdriver
MELBOURNE, Dec 27 AAP - A Victorian man has been charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver.

Vic: Brothers stabbed in suspected road rage attack
MELBOURNE, Dec 27 AAP - Police are appealing for witnesses to a suspected road rage attack in which two brothers were stabbed in Melbourne's south.

NSW: Woman charged over man's murder on Central coast.
The body of a 30-year-old man has been discovered in a Central Coast apartment.

NSW: Gun shots fired in Sydney's south
A 37-year-old Sydney man has been arrested and questioned .. after gunshots were allegedly fired during an argument with a 14-year-old girl in Sydney's south.

NSW: Man survives balcony fall.
A teenage man has survived a balcony fall in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Qld: Man charged after Charters Towers killing
A man's been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing another man to death in North Queensland on Christmas Day.

US: Man in Santa suit kills 7-plus on Christmas Eve
COVINA, California, Dec 25 AP - Stinging from an acrimonious divorce, a man plotting revenge against his ex-wife dressed up like Santa, went to his former in-laws' Christmas Eve party and slaughtered at least six people before killing himself hours later.

NSW: First bushfire of the season
SYDNEY, Dec 26 AAP - Rural firefighters are working to contain the first bushfire of the season near Naradhan in western NSW.

Vic: Gang attacks Xmas charity workers
MELBOURNE, Dec 26 AAP - A charity worker and his wife were attacked by a gang of youths as they investigated a disturbance outside their Melbourne home on Christmas Eve.

NSW: No new fatalities as holiday road toll remains at 27
SYDNEY, Dec 26 AAP - The national holiday road toll remains at 27, with no new fatalities reported over the past 24 hours.

US: Suspected Santa gunman kills himself - police
COVINA, California, Dec 25 AP - Police say the man suspected of opening fire at a Christmas party in suburban Los Angeles while dressed as Santa Claus has killed himself.

US: Police hunt gun-toting Santa in deadly shooting
LOS ANGELES, Dec 25 AFP - Three bodies have been found in the basement of a Californian house that caught fire after a gun-toting man burst into a holiday party dressed as Santa Claus and opened fire, police say.

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.

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