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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.


High Scores Possible New Blow
Man blows six times legal limit

31 Dec 2008 2:16 PM

BRISBANE, Dec 31 AAP - Queensland police have caught a man with an alleged blood alcohol reading more than six times the legal limit.

A 28-year-old man from Peak Crossing was stopped overnight for a random breath test in the nearby town of Boonah, south-west of Brisbane, and allegedly blew .303 per cent.


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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.


High Scores Oldest Hoon
I'm a skilled driver, says 78yo hoon

By Michelle Draper 06 Jan 2009 5:31 PM

MELBOURNE, Jan 6 AAP - A 78-year-old hoon caught speeding at 170km/h on a narrow country road on New Year's Day told police he was a skilled race driver.

Victorian Premier John Brumby, however, was not impressed with John Belfield's claims, labelling Australia's oldest hoon driver an "idiot", while police said he was toying with death.i


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Feature Story Fierce Israel-Hamas firefights in Gaza capital

GAZA CITY, Jan 6 AFP - Israeli troops and Hamas militants fought their first major battles in Gaza City on Monday after tanks and helicopters launched a night-time offensive, with three Israelis killed by "friendly" fire.

Explosions and heavy machine-gun fire rocked the Shejaiya district of the city in the heaviest fighting yet of Israel's campaign to halt militant rocket attacks.

Feature Story Israeli army moves on Gaza City as war toll passes 510

GAZA CITY, Jan 5 AFP - Tens of thousands of Israeli troops have been battling Hamas fighters in Gaza amid tank, artillery and air strikes, as the death toll from the offensive to end rocket attacks passed 510.

Israeli forces moved into the fringes of Gaza City early on Monday as families fled or hid on the second night of combat.

Feature Story 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.

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.

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.

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Todays Main Feature Story
Wanking drug runner sentenced to prison

By Tara Ravens 07 Jan 2009 3:08 PM

DARWIN, Jan 7 AAP - A drug-runner who filmed himself masturbating while driving at 150 km/h has been sentenced to two months jail.

Brendon Alan Erhardt, 39, was pulled over by police on July 16 last year, 25km south of Daly Waters.

He was returning to the Northern Territory from Adelaide, where he had used an inheritance from his dead mother to buy a Holden SV6 and 5kg of cannabis.

Inside the car, police discovered 10 packages of cannabis hidden in a blue esky in the boot, two cannabis plants on the back seat, two drug pipes and a loaded .22 rifle.

Erhardt told the officers he had been masturbating shortly before being stopped for speeding on the 130km/h stretch of the Stuart Hwy.

Continued .....

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MID: Vatican sparks diplomatic spat with Israel over Gaza
VATICAN CITY, Jan 8 DPA - A diplomatic spat between the Vatican and Israel over the Gaza crisis seemed set to intensify when the Holy See's top justice official defended his remark that Gaza "is a big concentration camp".

MID: Israeli leadership split on whether to up Gaza war
JERUSALEM, Jan 8 AFP - The Israeli leadership is divided over whether to enlarge its war in the Gaza Strip amid increased international pressure to end its deadly offensive.

UK: Damage to British wind turbine prompts UFO speculation
LONDON, Jan 8 DPA - A giant wind turbine in Britain has been wrecked after being hit by what some are calling an unidentified flying object (UFO).

PAC: Ice shelf collapse kills two tourists on NZ glacier
WELLINGTON, Jan 8 DPA/NZPA - Two tourists were killed when an ice shelf collapsed on them at the Fox Glacier in New Zealand's Southern Alps.

Vic: Dobbed motorist blows more that five times the legal limit
Police in Melbourne say an alleged drink-driver .. dobbed in by another motorist .. has blown more than five times the legal blood alcohol limit.

Qld: Police search for stabbing attacker
BRISBANE, Jan 8 AAP - Two teenagers have been stabbed in an apparent random attack in Brisbane's north.

US: Gun sales still up on eve of Obama administration
WASHINGTON, Jan 7 AFP - Gun sales continue to rise sharply in the aftermath of Barack Obama's presidential election, a trend gun rights lobbies attribute to concerns over a potential new gun ban.

MID: Rockets hit northern Israel from Lebanon
JERUSALEM, Jan 8 AFP - Several rockets fired from Lebanon slammed into northern Israel with the army returning fire, as the Jewish state entered the 13th day of a massive offensive on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

MID: Israeli army fires into Lebanon after rockets fall
The Israeli army has returned fire into northern Lebanon after several rockets were fired at the Jewish state.

Qld: Art dealer avoids jail after fleecing buyers of $93k
BRISBANE, Jan 8 AAP - A prominent Brisbane art dealer has avoided jail despite fleecing two men of $93,000 in a scheme that hinged on selling works she did not own.

Vic: Police mystified by man found shot beside car
MELBOURNE, Jan 8 AAP - Police investigating the baffling case of a motorist found shot beside his car on a busy Melbourne highway have questioned a man about the incident.

US: Windows 7 beta available worldwide on Friday
LAS VEGAS, Jan 7 AFP - Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has announced that a test version of the US software titan's Windows 7 operating system will be available worldwide on Friday.

Vic: Police mystified by man found shot beside car
Police investigating the baffling case of a motorist found shot beside his car on a busy Melbourne highway have questioned a man about the incident.

NSW: Police continue crackdown on Rosemeadow estate
SYDNEY, Jan 8 AAP - Police have continued their crackdown on a troubled Sydney housing estate, arresting more people involved in a mass brawl earlier this week along with others over fresh violence.

Fed: Anti-whaling ship to be let in
CANBERRA, Jan 8 AAP - Anti-whaling vigilantes are hoping for a party when they arrive in Australia, after the federal government said it would let them in despite a Japanese request to bar them entry.

US: Larry Flynt sues nephews over porn films using family name
LOS ANGELES, Jan 7 AP - Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt has sued two of his nephews for selling their own line of adult movies under the same family name.

Lower mortgage payments, cheaper fuel support retail sales boost
Economists say lower interest rates and falling petrol prices have helped support a stronger-than-expected lift in Australian retail sales.

NSW: Neighbourhoods on edge after bloody brawl
SYDNEY, Jan 7 AAP - Two warring neighbourhoods are under police surveillance in Sydney's south-west to prevent a recurrence of the conflict that left men and youths as young as 16 with stab and gunshot wounds.

Vic: One dead, two critical after motorcycles collide
A man is dead and two people have been critically injured in an accident involving two motorcycles .. on a notorious section of the Maroondah Highway east of Melbourne.

Fed: Humans outliving their eyeballs, Australian scientist says
SYDNEY, Jan 7 AAP - Humans are starting to outlive their eyeballs, say Australian researchers working on ways to slow the way vision deteriorates with age.

NT: Cops attacked during brutal attack in Alice
A police officer in the Northern Territory has escaped being run over by his own police car .. after being attacked with rocks and beer bottles by a group of five people.

Vic: Adult bookshop keeper defends shop with cash register
MELBOURNE, Jan 7 AAP - An adult bookshop attendant has defended his turf by hitting an armed robber with a cash register.

Qld: Floods will send truckies broke: Union
BRISBANE, Jan 7 AAP - Widespread flooding has provided welcome relief to residents in Queensland's normally parched north west but could cost the jobs of some truckies.

SA: Two arrested of New Year's murder
Police say they've arrested two men over the New Year's Day shooting of Adelaide man BRETT WADE BAMFORD.

NT: Wanking drug runner sentenced to prison
DARWIN, Jan 7 AAP - A drug-runner who filmed himself masturbating while driving at 150 km/h has been sentenced to two months jail.

Qld: Two charged after Nigerian scam pulls millions
Two Queenslanders have been charged over recruiting people to a Nigerian scam which netted the fraudsters more than 4.3 million dollars.

Qld: Off-road motorbikes driven out
BRISBANE, Jan 7 AAP - More than 250 motorbike riders have converged on the Gold Coast to rev up their campaign for a legal home.

NT: Man hurls petrol on girlfriend, tries to set her alight
DARWIN, Jan 7 AAP - A man has been charged with attempted murder after he threw petrol over his girlfriend and tried to set her on fire with a lighter.

NSW: Two people drown in NSW as heatwave continues
Two people have died in separate drownings in New South Wales .. as a heatwave continues to bring scorching temperatures to much of the state.

Fed: Australia well placed to weather crisis: Bowen
SYDNEY, Jan 7 AAP - Retail sales figures for November show the Australian economy is well placed to weather the financial crisis, Assistant Treasurer Chris Bowen says.

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