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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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Vic: Shots fire in South Melbourne
Police have arrested several people after responding to reports of gunfire in South Melbourne.

MID: Israelis detail combat sorties over Gaza
JERUSALEM, Jan 1 AP - For an Israeli pilot, bombing a Hamas missile launcher is like driving a car with a GPS road finder: All he does is drive where the machines tell him to go.

NSW: NSW road toll falls to lowest level since 1944
SYDNEY, Jan 1 AAP - NSW has recorded its lowest annual road toll since the Second World War, as the number of people killed on the state's roads declined for a sixth straight year.

NSW: Children and adults injured by fire crackers.
SYDNEY, Jan 1 AAP - Two children have been seriously injured by exploding fireworks on the NSW Central Coast.

NSW: Man charged over siege on NSW mid-north coast
SYDNEY, Jan 1 AAP - A Sydney man has been charged with multiple offences and is due to face court on Thursday following a siege lasting almost 13 hours on the NSW mid-north coast.

Qld: Woman critical after boat, dinghy crash
BRISBANE, Jan 1 AAP - A 24-year-old woman is in a critical condition in hospital after two boats collided near Bribie Island, north of Brisbane.

SA: More than 100,000 South Australians celebrate new year
ADELAIDE, Jan 1 AAP - More than 100,000 South Australians rang in the New Year at celebrations in Adelaide with police declaring the crowds well behaved.

NSW: Police investigating two overnight building fires.
SYDNEY, Jan 1 AAP - Police are investigating two separate fires that caused extensive damage to a Sydney business and a NSW funeral parlour overnight.

MID: Gaza toll climbs to 397: local officials
GAZA CITY, Dec 31 AFP - Two people died on Thursday in New Year Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, raising the toll since Israeli military operations began on Saturday to 397, according to the head of the territory's emergency services.

59 dead in Bangkok nightclub fire: police
BANGKOK, Jan 1 AFP - At least 59 people were killed when a fire ripped through a popular nightclub in the Thai capital Bangkok early Thursday as people were celebrating New Year, a local police commander says.

Vic: Man killed in Melbourne house fire
MELBOURNE, Jan 1 AAP - A man has died in a house fire in outer Melbourne.

NSW: Car crash causes road closure .
SYDNEY, Jan 1 AAP - Traffic congestion on the Hume Highway has eased after rescuers airlifted two children injured in a car accident from the road by helicopter.

MID: Gaza raids boost Hamas popularity at Abbas's expense
Hamas's star is rising among Palestinians as each new Israeli bomb falls on Gaza .. while Western-backed president MAHMUD ABBAS is becoming increasingly isolated.

MID: Arab states cancel New Year festivities in solidarity with Gaza
CAIRO, Dec 31 AFP - Several Arab states have cancelled planned New Year celebrations in solidarity with Palestinians in the Islamist-run Gaza Strip who suffered a fifth straight day of Israeli bombardment on Wednesday.

US: World stocks end calamitous 2008, eye recovery
NEW YORK, Dec 31 AFP - Global stock markets on Wednesday close out a year that saw some of the worst losses since the Great Depression, with investors eyeing a possible recovery but cautious in the face of a deep economic crisis.

Qld: Government bans humanist school courses
Queensland cabinet documents released today under the 30-year rule show a BJELKE-PETERSEN government at its peak in 1978 .. willing to take on Canberra and impose its conservative philosophy on Queensland.

NSW: Sydney rings in 2009 with a creation storm
More than a million revellers have ushered in 2009 in Sydney .. watching in wonder as spectacular bursts of fireworks lit up the night sky .. culminating in a giant glowing sun on the iconic Harbour Bridge.

NSW: Police determining cause of siege on mid-north coast
NSW Police are still trying to determine the cause of yesterday's siege which saw a gun wielding man hold five hostages captive for 12-hours on the mid north coast.

Vic: Hundreds of thousands welcome 2009 in Melbourne
MELBOURNE, Jan 1 AAP - Hundreds of thousands of Melburnians welcomed 2009 with hugs and cheers as a fireworks extravaganza lit up the sky above the Yarra River.

NSW: Paris parties in Sydney
SYDNEY, Jan 1 AAP - Guests waited for hours in Sydney for international party princess Paris Hilton to arrive for a New's Year Eve party.

Fed: Import price parity makes cheap Aust oil expensive
CANBERRA, Jan 1 AAP - In 1978, the government of Malcolm Fraser adopted one far-reaching measure which continues to be cursed by Australian motorists every time the fuel price soars.

Fed: Import price parity makes cheap Aust oil expensive
Embargoed until 0001 (AEDT), January 1, 2009

Fed: Fraser govt gives go ahead for new parliament house
CANBERRA, Jan 1 AAP - By 1978, Australia's fine old parliament house was bursting at the seams and there was just one solution - build a new one.

Qld: Beer and pokies off breakfast menu
BRISBANE, Dec 31 AAP - The days of having a beer with brekky and a flutter on the pokies in Queensland are over.

Fed: What to do with plutonium buried in SA outback
CANBERRA, Jan 1 AAP - Buried deep in the South Australian red dirt outback was the nuclear age equivalent of a pot of gold - a quantity of bomb-grade plutonium, left over from British nuclear tests in the 1960s.

Fed: Cabinet of 1978 considered beef for Alfas deal
CANBERRA, Jan 1 AAP - Of all the weird trade deals in Australia's long mercantile history, probably none came close to the 1978 scheme to swap 7,000 tonnes of Aussie beef and offal for 2,000 Alfa Romeo cars.

QLD: Govt interferes in school curriculum with course bans
BRISBANE, Jan 1 AAP - Queensland cabinet documents released on Thursday under the 30-year rule show a Bjelke-Petersen government at its peak in 1978, willing to take on Canberra and impose its conservative philosophy on Queensland.

Fed: Boat people arrivals turn from trickle to flood
CANBERRA, Jan 1 AAP - Less than two years after the first Vietnamese asylum-seeker boat sailed into Darwin's harbour, dire fears of a flood of humanity had been realised.

Fed: Chaney rejects accusation that Fraser squibbed it
CANBERRA, Jan 1 AAP - Twenty-five years after the defeat of prime minister Malcolm Fraser, some critics believe he squibbed it as far as using his parliamentary majorities to implement real economic reforms goes.

QLD: 1978 Bjelke-Petersen cabinet antics
BRISBANE, Jan 1 AAP - Newly-released cabinet documents show that 1978 was a year of continued confrontation in Queensland over the Bjelke-Petersen government's street march ban; completion of several major projects in Brisbane; and the premier's moves to have a new power station placed in his own electorate.

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