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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.


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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.


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 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.

Thousands of Israeli security personnel were on alert after Hamas called for "massive marches" following the main weekly Muslim prayers, starting off from the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem and from all mosques in the West Bank.


Feature Story 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.

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.

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 tanks, troops enter Gaza in ground offensive

By Sakher Abu El Oun and Mai Yaghi 04 Jan 2009 11:53 AM

GAZA CITY, Jan 4 AFP - Israeli tanks and troops entered Gaza late on Saturday and fought fierce battles with Hamas, heightening an eight-day-old offensive that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and caused widespread destruction.

A burning fuel depot hit by a tank lit up the night sky soon after troops crossed the border while the air force swooped on dozens of targets in the biggest Israeli military operation since its 2006 war in Lebanon.

Israeli tanks were reported to be in battles around Gaza City and the northern towns of Beit Lahiya and Jabaliya. Hamas forces fired back with mortars and rockets, witnesses said.

France led international criticism of the Israeli offensive and the UN Security Council called a special meeting on the Gaza crisis, which has caused critical shortages of food and power for the 1.5 million population.

Continued .....

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US: World's top gadget show plugging into the internet
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 4 AFP - Smart gadgets, lifelike video and pocket versions of laptop computers are expected to be Consumer Electronics Show (CES) stars as the annual extravaganza follows its gizmos onto the web.

Vic: Protesters take sides in Israeli conflict
MELBOURNE, Jan 4 AAP - About 3,000 people have turned out to protest against Israel's military assault on Gaza, just a few blocks away from a smaller pro-Israel rally in central Melbourne.

NSW: Israeli flag burnt in Sydney protest against Gaza
One protester has burnt an Israeli flag and others have carried coffins during a raucous demonstration in Sydney against the Gaza conflict.

MID: Child first victim of Gaza tank battles: medics
GAZA CITY, Jan 3 AFP - A Palestinian child has been killed by Israeli tank fire and 11 other children have been wounded as Israeli forces battled with Hamas fighters after crossing into Gaza, emergency services say.

MID: Israeli ground assault in Gaza to exact heavy toll: experts
JERUSALEM, Jan 3 AFP - The ground offensive that Israel has launched in the Gaza Strip will meet stiff resistance and guerrilla tactics that will exact a heavy toll on both sides, experts say.

NSW: Young woman fights off attacker in suburban Sydney
SYDNEY, Jan 4 AAP - A young woman has fought off an attacker in south-west Sydney during an assault in which she was knocked unconscious, police say.

NSW: Murder accused to face court: police
SYDNEY, Jan 4 AAP - Police will lay a murder charge against a 26-year-old man after the death of a 47-year-old man found with serious injuries on the NSW far south coast.

MID: Israeli tanks, troops enter Gaza in ground offensive
GAZA CITY, Jan 4 AFP - Israeli tanks and troops entered Gaza late on Saturday and fought fierce battles with Hamas, heightening an eight-day-old offensive that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and caused widespread destruction.

Qld: Queensland Police note worst drivers of 2008
Backpackers sporting a cardboard number plate on their vehicle .. a man who claimed he was "slip-streaming" to save fuel .. and another who did a burnout in front of a police camera have been nominated as the worst drivers of 2008 by Queensland Police.

MID: Hamas says 9 Israeli soldiers killed in ground offensive
GAZA CITY, Jan 4 AFP - Hamas says nine Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza and several more have been wounded in the ground invasion of the territory that began on Saturday night.

US:The Chaser's War to "ambush" the US
LOS ANGELES, Jan 3 AAP - Australia's pre-eminent mischief makers, The Chaser comedy crew, have cracked the US TV market.

Qld: Man shot during a fight at Hervey Bay
BRISBANE, Jan 4 AAP - A 72-year-old man has been shot in the hand and stomach during a fight in south-east Queensland, police say.

NSW: Two more dead on roads prompts P-plate crackdown
NSW police are talking about a crackdown on P-platers .. after three serious crashes overnight left two people dead and a third fighting for his life.

MID: Israeli strike on mosque kills 13, wounds 60: medics
GAZA CITY, Jan 3 AFP - At least 13 Palestinians, including two boys, were killed on Saturday when an Israeli air raid struck a mosque during prayers in the northern town of Jabaliya, medics and witnesses said.

ASIA: New year sees at least five Somalia pirate attacks
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 AFP - The first days of 2009 have seen at least five pirate attacks off Somalia, but the bandits are becoming desperate as the international community cracks down, a maritime watchdog says.

Fed: Australia says no to Guantanamo inmate request
SYDNEY, Jan 3 AAP - Australia has refused a request from the United States to take Guantanamo Bay inmates.

FED: Holiday road toll soars after three year drop
Hopes that Australia's holiday road toll would continue to decline have been dashed after 57 people lost their lives over the Christmas-New Year period.

NSW: Police appeal for help in finding missing SA teen
SYDNEY, Jan 3 AAP - Police have appealed to the public to help locate a missing teenage girl from South Australia, who may have been travelling to Newcastle in NSW.

US: Seattle police fatally shoot armed history buff
SEATTLE, Jan 2 AP - A college student who was fatally shot by Seattle police while wearing a vintage German military uniform on New Year's Day was a harmless, eccentric history buff, his family and friends say.

Fed: Australia will not take Guantanamo Bay inmates
The federal government says Australia will NOT take any former inmates from the US Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

Vic: Hoon driver has car impounded for third time
MELBOURNE, Jan 3 AAP - A 21-year-old man has had his car impounded for the third time after he was caught speeding in Melbourne's east.

NSW: Man dies after head-on collision with semi-trailer: Police
A man is dead after his car collided with a semi-trailer in western New South Wales.

Qld: Fire destroys house
BRISBANE, Jan 3 AAP - A man, a woman and a child have escaped a blaze that destroyed a house at Hervey Bay in south-east Queensland.

NSW: Man dies after head-on collision with semi-trailer: Police
A man is dead after his car collided with a semi-trailer in western New South Wales.

NSW: Bikie arrested over attempted murder: Police
An outlaw motorcycle gang member has been charged over a stabbing in Sydney's west last year.

NSW: P-plater charged with drink driving and speeding: Police
SYDNEY, Jan 3 AAP - A P-plater has had his licence suspended after being caught drink driving at 160km/h in Sydney's south, police say.

MID:Israeli assault on Gaza enters 2nd week with no end in sight
Israeli warplanes are continuing to pound Gaza as the assault on Hamas enters its second week .. with the Islamist group warns Israel of heavy losses if ground troops are sent in.

Qld: Bus driver risks lives at rail crossing
Police have revealed a bus driver ran a red light at a level-crossing in far north Queensland .. putting the lives of 12 passengers in danger .. only a day after a train crashed into a garbage truck.

ASIA: Sri Lankan troops capture Tamil Tiger HQ, demand surrender
COLOMBO, Jan 2 AFP - Sri Lanka said on Friday its troops have finally captured the unofficial capital of the Tamil Tigers, and urged the rebels to lay down their arms and end their decades-old struggle for a separate homeland.

MID:Israeli attack kills brothers as Hamas stages 'Day of Wrath'
GAZA CITY, Jan 2 AFP - Israeli warplanes hit Gaza targets including a mosque and a house where three young brothers were killed as Hamas supporters staged angry protests on Friday against Israel's week-old offensive.

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