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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: Hamas orders 'day of wrath' over Israeli blitz
GAZA CITY, Jan 2 AFP - Israeli warplanes pounded militant targets including a mosque in Gaza on Friday as Hamas ordered a "day of wrath" against Israel over the killing of a senior commander.

Fed: Holiday road toll at 56
SYDNEY, Jan 2 AAP - The national holiday road toll has reached 56.

FED: Gun owners urged to take more care after theft increase
Gun owners have been urged to take more care securing their weapons after an increase in firearm theft.

NSW: Grandfather injured during home shooting
A hail of gunfire on a Sydney home has injured one man and narrowly missed his six family members including his baby grandchild.

VIC: Young man's naked body washes up on beach
MELBOURNE, Jan 2 AAP - Police are trying to identify a young man whose body washed up on a Victorian beach dressed only in a pair of socks.

Vic: Fire death now treated as murder
The death of a woman whose body was found following a house fire is now being treated as murder after a post mortem revealed she was dead before the blaze.

Qld: One killed in Queensland highway crash
BRISBANE, Jan 2 AAP - One person was killed when a truck and car collided on the Bruce Highway in central Queensland.

NT: Riot police called to remote island after airport attack
DARWIN, Jan 2 AAP - Riot police were called to a remote Northern Territory island on New Year's Eve after a group of 60 people pelted the local airport with rocks and slashed the tyres of police cars.

NSW: Rock climber dies in Blue Mountains
SYDNEY, Jan 2 AAP - Police are working to retrieve the body of a rock climber who died after plunging 100 metres to his death in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

NSW: Rock climber dies in Blue Mountains
SYDNEY, Jan 2 AAP - Police are working to retrieve the body of a rock climber who died after plunging 100 metres to his death in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Vic: Police urge witness to help solve murder
MELBOURNE, Jan 2 AAP - A man who may have witnessed a murderer race off from a house before it went up in flames has been urged to contact police.

NSW: Highway closed after road rage incident
SYDNEY, Jan 2 AAP - A section of a major highway west of Sydney has been closed in both directions as police search for a man who may be armed following a road rage incident.

CAM: Communist Cuba celebrates 50 years of revolution
HAVANA, Jan 1 AFP - Communist Cuba marked a major political milestone on Thursday: the 50th anniversary of its revolution, its iconic leader Fidel Castro withdrawn from power, the economy in dire straits and President Raul Castro insisting the revolution has not failed.

NSW: Man charged after shots fired
SYDNEY, Jan 2 AAP - A man who allegedly fired more than 100 shots into the air at a suburban Sydney home on New Year's Eve has been charged with firearms offences.

FED: Rudd should rule out Guantanamo resettlement: Turnbull
SYDNEY, Jan 2 AAP - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should immediately reverse a decision to allow former Guantanamo Bay inmates to resettle in Australia, the opposition says.

FED: Strict conditions for terror prisoner resettlement: Gillard
MELBOURNE, Jan 2 AAP - Terror suspects held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay would only be resettled to Australia after a rigorous assessment process, the federal government says.

WA: Police charge 30-year-old with cyber stalking
PERTH, Jan 2 AAP - Police in Perth have charged a 30-year-old man with trying to seduce a child over the internet.

NSW: Student critical after New Year's Eve bashing
SYDNEY, Jan 2 AAP - A Saudi national is in a critical condition after being bashed on the head with a bottle in Sydney a short time after the New Year's Eve fireworks.

VIC: Man charged over New Year's shots
MELBOURNE, Jan 2 AAP - Police have charged one man and released four who were arrested after gunshots were fired at an apartment in Melbourne on Thursday.

Fed: Former detainees may be resettled in Australia - report
SYDNEY, Jan 2 AAP - Terror suspects held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay could be secretly resettled in Australia within the year.

Fed: Holiday road toll rises to 54
SYDNEY, Jan 1 AAP - The national holiday road toll has risen to 54 following the death of a man in the Northern Territory.

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.

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