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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 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.

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

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.

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Todays Main Feature Story
UN suspends aid deliveries to Gaza, citing attacks

By Ibrahim Barzak And Steve Weizman 09 Jan 2009 3:22 AM

GAZA CITY, Jan 8 Agencies - The United Nations halted aid deliveries to the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday, citing Israeli attacks on its staff and installations hours after it said gunfire from an Israeli tank killed one of its drivers as he was picking up a shipment.

The United Nations has already demanded an investigation into Israel's shelling of a UN school in Gaza that killed 43 people earlier this week. Israel and residents said militants were operating in the area at the time.

For a second straight day, Israel suspended its Gaza military operation for three hours to allow in humanitarian supplies. Shortly before the pause took effect, however, the UN said one of its aid trucks came under Israeli fire, killing the driver.

UN spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said the UN coordinated the delivery with Israel and the vehicle was marked with a UN flag and insignia when it was shot in northern Gaza. The Israeli army said it was investigating.

Continued .....

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Vic: Man killed in crash landing at Mornington
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 AAP - The pilot of an ultra light plane has died after a crashing into a residential area of Mornington, south of Melbourne.

NSW: Surfer saw violent splashing before being bitten by shark
SYDNEY, Jan 11 AAP - A man surfing on the far north coast of NSW saw violent splashing before being bitten on the thigh by a shark, a local lifeguard says.

FED: Jobs most likely to disappear this year
SYDNEY, Jan 11 AAP - A new study says real estate agents, car salesmen and investment bankers are among the most likely to lose their jobs this year.

NSW: Weapons, reptiles and stolen items seized - man charged
SYDNEY, Jan 11 AAP - Police have seized a cache of weapons, explosives, live reptiles and about 1,000 other suspected stolen items at a home in Newcastle.

NSW: Speeding offender found with drugs and cash: Police
SYDNEY, Jan 11 AAP - A man caught speeding in southern NSW has been found with 15kg of cannabis and $54,000 in cash in his four-wheel drive, police say.

NSW: P-plate street racers will have cars wheel clamped: Police
SYDNEY, Jan 11 AAP - Two P-platers caught street racing will have their cars' wheels clamped as part of a trial program to curb unsafe driving behaviour.

EUR: Gaza war sparks torrent of fiery comment on the internet
PARIS, AFP - European and US media and social network websites are struggling to cope with a deluge of reader comments sparked by the Gaza conflict, most fiercely partisan and some explicitly racist or anti-Semitic, according to the sites' administrators.

Qld: Tropical cyclone Charlotte forms in Queensland's far north
Eds note: Changes key from Floods

NSW: Surfer bitten by shark in stable condition
SYDNEY, Jan 11 AAP - A surfer bitten by a shark on the far NSW north coast is in a stable condition, NSW Police say.

NSW: New drought figures show big dry easing
The big dry is easing in New South Wales .. and a bumper crop's reported for 2008.

NSW: More emergency room toilet miscarriages at hospital
SYDNEY, Jan 11 AAP - Two more miscarriages in toilets have happened at a public hospital in the NSW Hunter region, Opposition health spokeswoman Jillian Skinner says, with more women likely to come forward.

NSW: Group of teens charged over assault - police
SYDNEY, Jan 11 AAP - A man has been assaulted by a group of teenagers in central Sydney, police say.

MID: The macabre count of Dr Hassanein in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Jan 11 AFP - Doctor Muawiya Hassanein has no time for pleasantries these days. When a journalist calls, he barks out the latest number of the dead from Israel's war in Gaza and hangs up, getting back to his macabre count.

Qld: Police find drug equipment in car
BRISBANE, Jan 11 AAP - Drug manufacturing equipment has been found in a car after the driver tried to flee a random breath test in Brisbane's east, police say.

NSW: More emergency room toilet miscarriages at hospital
The NSW opposition has called for a state government audit of early pregnancy services in public hospitals .. after more cases of women miscarrying in hospital toilets.

MID: Eight family members killed in Israeli strike: medics
GAZA CITY, Jan 10 AFP - Eight members of the same Palestinian family, including a 12-year-old, were killed on Saturday by Israeli fire in the northern town of Jabaliya, medics and witnesses said.

ASIA: Aust forces kill Taliban leader behind attack on digger
TARIN KOWT, Afghanistan, Jan 10 AAP - Australian special forces troops have killed a Taliban leader believed to have orchestrated the rocket attack that killed an Australian soldier in Afghanistan last weekend.

NSW: Man accused of decade-old Sydney murder remanded in custody
SYDNEY, Jan 10 AAP - A man extradited from Perth over the murder of a Sydney woman more than 10 years ago is to remain in custody until he appears in court next week.

NSW: Officers have lucky escape in road collision
Three police officers have escaped with minor injuries after their truck collided with another car in south-west Sydney .. causing them to crash into a telegraph pole and set of traffic lights.

Qld: Thousands rally to oppose Israeli occupation
BRISBANE, Jan 10 AAP - More than 2,000 people marched through central Brisbane on Saturday in protest at Israel's incursion into Gaza.

NSW: Harbour Bridge goes cashless on Sunday.
SYDNEY, Jan 10 AAP - The last motorist to place cash in the palm of a Sydney Harbour Bridge toll collector will cross the northern end of the bridge before 8am (AEDT) on Sunday, when all toll booths officially close.

US: US economy 'dire' but progress on stimulus plan - Obama
WASHINGTON, Jan 9 AFP - US economic conditions are "dire" and "deteriorating," president-elect Barack Obama warned Friday after the release of new job-loss data, but said politicians had made progress on a huge stimulus package to jumpstart the economy.

US: Ryan O'Neal pleads guilty to drug charge: court
MALIBU, California, Jan 9 AFP - Hollywood actor Ryan O'Neal on Friday pleaded guilty to drug possession and was sentenced to an 18-month rehabilitation program, prosecutors said.

NSW: Man cleared over shooting death: Police
SYDNEY, Jan 10 AAP - A man questioned by police over the fatal shooting at a caryard in Sydney's south-west has been released without charge.

Vic: Teenager fatally shot in hunting accident -UPDATE
A teenage boy's died after being accidently shot on farm in Melbourne's north-west.

Vic: Teenager fatally shot in hunting accident
A teenage boy's died after being accidently shot on farm in Melbourne's north-west.

Fed: Protesters to rally for freedom outside Israeli embassy
CANBERRA, Jan 10 AAP - Protesters are on their way to Canberra to rally outside the Israeli embassy against the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

Qld: First-home buyers to the rescue
BRISBANE, Jan 10 AAP - Crisis, what crisis?

NSW: Man shot in Rosemeadow brawl remanded in custody
SYDNEY, Jan 10 AAP - A man shot in the buttocks during a massive neighbourhood brawl in Sydney's south-west is to receive medical treatment for a mental health condition while in custody.

EUR: French teenagers charged in attack on Jewish girl
PARIS, Jan 9 AP - A French juvenile court judge has filed preliminary charges against four teenagers accused of attacking a Jewish girl, amid tensions around Europe over the fighting in Gaza.

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