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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.


High Scores
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.


Porsche vs Bikes
Porsche and motorcycles in 224km/h road race

20 Dec 2008 4:24 PM

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.

Police say the three men were racing along a 100km/h zone of the Pacific Highway on the far north NSW coast on Saturday about 10.40am (AEST).


Turbo Rice vs RX7
Two drivers to stand trial over passenger death

15 Dec 2008 5:38 PM

MELBOURNE, Dec 15 AAP - Two young men accused of drag racing before a crash that killed a 15-year-old boy will stand trial.

Mitchell Cairnduff, of Wheelers Hill, died when a turbo-charged Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Jarrod Rooke hit a taxi at 120km/h, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard.


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Feature Story Israel warns of ground offensive as jets pound Hamas in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Dec 28 AFP - Israel has warned it could send ground troops into Gaza as its warplanes continued to pound Hamas targets in the overcrowded enclave where nearly 230 Palestinians have been killed.

"We are ready for anything. If it's necessary to deploy ground forces to defend our citizens, we will do so," a spokesman for Defence Minister Ehud Barak quoted him as saying.

Feature Story More than 200 dead as Israel hammers Hamas-run Gaza

GAZA CITY, Dec 27 AFP - Israel hammered Hamas targets in Gaza on Saturday, killing at least 205 people in retaliation for ongoing rocket fire in one of the bloodiest days of the decades-long Middle East conflict.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said "Operation Cast Lead", which has also left about 300 wounded, would continue "as long as necessary".

Feature Story 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.

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

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.

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Israeli jets bomb Gaza, Hamas fires back with deadly rockets

By Mai Yaghi 29 Dec 2008 8:44 PM

GAZA CITY, Dec 29 AFP - Israeli jets have bombed Hamas targets in Gaza for a third day, killing several children, while the Islamists fired deadly rockets to retaliate for the blitz that has left more than 300 dead.

As Israeli tanks massed on the Gaza border, the army declared the area a closed military zone - a move that in the past has often been followed by ground operations in the Palestinian enclave.

Amid mounting international calls for a halt to the violence, Israel allowed the passage of humanitarian aid into the impoverished and overcrowded territory where most of the 1.5 million population depends on foreign aid.

Hamas militants remained defiant on Monday, firing some 20 rockets into Israel.

Continued .....

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MID: Israeli jets bomb Gaza, Hamas fires back with deadly rockets
GAZA CITY, Dec 29 AFP - Israeli jets have bombed Hamas targets in Gaza for a third day, killing several children, while the Islamists fired deadly rockets to retaliate for the blitz that has left more than 300 dead.

PAC: Air force plane called in to search for missing NZ boat
WELLINGTON, Dec 29 DPA - Searchers have called in a New Zealand air force plane with sophisticated night vision equipment to look for a small boat missing at sea with two adults and three children aboard.

MID: Israeli jets bomb Gaza, Hamas fires back with deadly rockets
GAZA CITY, Dec 29 AFP - Israeli jets have bombed Hamas targets in Gaza for a third day, killing several children, while the Islamists fired deadly rockets to retaliate for the blitz that has left more than 300 dead.

Tas: Five seriously injured as car strikes pole on King Island
HOBART, Dec 29 AAP - Five Victorian tourists were seriously injured when their car struck a power pole on King Island, off Tasmania's north-west tip.

Qld: Two men injured in plane crash
BRISBANE, Dec 29 AAP - A 51-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital with head injuries after the light plane he was a passenger in crashed south-west of Brisbane.

Aust sharemarket driven higher by gold and energy stocks
PERTH, Dec 29 AAP - The Australian sharemarket was driven higher on Monday by gold and energy stocks as prices for the precious metal and oil surged on the back of geopolitical tensions.

NSW: Man taken to hospital after lightning strikes catamaran
SYDNEY, Dec 29 AAP - A sailor has been rushed to hospital after a mast he was holding was struck by lightning while the vessel was moored off NSW's Central Coast.

NSW: Anti-Israeli protesters march on US Consulate
Thousands of Palestinian supporters have marched in the Sydney CBD in protest against the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip .. bringing traffic in many streets to a standstill.

MID: International community piles pressure on Israel
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 29 AFP - The international community has piled pressure on Israel to halt its offensive in the Gaza Strip, as raids on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas entered their third day.

MID: Gaza complicates Obama's policy in Mideast
CRAWFORD, Texas, Dec 29 AP - US president-elect Barack Obama's transition team is choosing its words carefully in dealing with Israel's assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

MID: Israeli bombs Gaza though the night, seven more killed
GAZA CITY, Dec 29 AFP - Israeli warplanes staged dozens of bombing raids on the Gaza Strip overnight killing seven people including six children, Palestinian hospital workers said on Monday.

NSW: Man critical after roof fall
SYDNEY, Dec 29 AAP - A 23-year-old man is in a critical condition after falling 15 metres from a rooftop in Newcastle, NSW police say.

NSW: Man critical after roof fall
SYDNEY, Dec 29 AAP - A 23-year-old man is in a critical condition after falling 10 metres from a rooftop in Newcastle, the NSW Ambulance Service says.

Fed: Holiday road toll remains at 40
SYDNEY, Dec 29 AAP - The national holiday road toll remains at 40.

Vic: Teen charged with manslaughter over speedboat death
MELBOURNE, Dec 28 AAP - Police have charged a Melbourne teenager with manslaughter following the death of a young woman who was flung from a speedboat when it hit a tree in central Victoria.

ASIA: Tamil Tigers accused of kidnapping orphans
COLOMBO, Dec 29 DPA - Tamil rebels have abducted 16 children from a Catholic orphanage in northern Sri Lanka to be enlisted in their movement as fighters, the defence ministry says, citing civilians who escaped to government-held areas.

NSW: Man attacked with baseball bat in home invasion
SYDNEY, Dec 29 AAP - A man has been attacked in his home with a baseball bat while eight children slept nearby, after two robbers burst into the NSW house.

NSW: Pilot killed in crop duster crash
SYDNEY, Dec 29 AAP - A crop duster plane has crashed at a north-western NSW property, killing the pilot, emergency services say.

NSW: Unlicenced teen charged after stolen car crashes
SYDNEY, Dec 29 AAP - A teenager has been charged after the stolen car he was driving without a licence hit another vehicle during a pursuit in Sydney's west, police say.

Vic: Man with knife in stand-off with police
MELBOURNE, Dec 29 AAP - A man armed with a knife has had a standoff with police in central Victoria.

NSW: Police appeal after theft of cashews worth $100,000
One hundred thousand dollars worth of cashew nuts have been stolen from a south-west Sydney business.

CBA Exchange Rates - Dec 29
Currency rates quoted by the Commonwealth Bank

Qld: Man dies in two-car smash
BRISBANE, Dec 29 AAP - Queensland's holiday road toll rose to eight with the death of a man near Duaringa, west of Rockhampton, in central Queensland.

NSW: Armed man tasered in family home
Police have tasered a man who allegedly armed himself with a gun and barricaded himself inside his family's home near Wollongong on the New South Wales south coast.

US: Man spent days unnoticed in US family's attic
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania, Oct 28 AP - A family did not realise they had an unexpected Christmas guest until a man who had been in their attic for days emerged wearing their clothes, police said.

MID: A chronology of Israel's relationship with Gaza
- June 1967: Israel seizes the Egyptian-controlled Gaza Strip during war. An Israeli census put the population at 380,000, at least half of whom were refugees from Israel. Currently the population stands at about 1.5 million. The UN lists just over one million as refugees and their descendants.

Aust stocks open higher after raw material gain =3D3

MID: Israeli troops mobilise as Gaza assault widens
GAZA CITY, Dec 29 AP - Israel widened its deadliest-ever air offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers on Sunday, pounding smuggling tunnels and a central prison, sending more tanks and artillery toward the Gaza border and approving a reserves call-up for a possible ground invasion.

MID: Israel air strikes spark protests worldwide
LONDON, Dec 29 AFP - Demonstrators in cities around the world on Sunday marched in protest against the Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip that have killed nearly 300 people in the Palestinian territory.

Vic: Man charged with murder over screwdriver attack
MELBOURNE, Dec 29 AAP - A man arrested over a fatal screwdriver stabbing at a Melbourne party has had his charge upgraded to murder.

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