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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.


High Scores
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 Aust labour market outshines US but maybe not for long

SYDNEY, Jan 12 AAP - If Australians want to gloat over how much healthier their labour market is compared with that of the US, they should get their gloating in before it's too late.

The contrast between the labour markets of the US and Australia is stark but may become less so in coming months.

Feature Story UN suspends aid deliveries to Gaza, citing attacks

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.

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.

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Todays Main Feature Story
Govt says all options on the table for further stimulus

By Kate Hannon, National Political Editor 13 Jan 2009 7:06 PM

CANBERRA, Jan 13 AAP - The impact of the slowing world economy will be felt in Australia's jobs market, with the latest figures due out on Thursday, Treasurer Wayne Swan says.

Mr Swan refused to rule in or out the need for a further economic stimulus package or to bring forward $4.5 billion in tax cuts due in July 2010.

But Mr Swan said the notion that Australia was better placed than other economies to deal with the global economic crisis fallout had been borne out by Standard & Poors' reaffirmation of Australia's credit rating.

"There's no doubt there is a marked slowing of world growth. That's impacting on domestic growth. That will lead to an up-tick in unemployment in this country," Mr Swan told reporters on Tuesday.

Housing Finance figures to be released on Wednesday would also give the latest indication of extent of the softening of the domestic housing market.

Continued .....

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EUR: German ad slogan evoking Nazi camp pulled: report
BERLIN, Jan 14 AFP - A German advertising campaign was abruptly cancelled over complaints that the slogan used also stood at the entrance to the Nazi Buchenwald concentration camp, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

MID: Israel stops Iranian aid ship heading to Gaza
TEHRAN, Jan 14 AP - The Israeli Navy has intercepted an Iranian ship loaded with medicine, food and clothing destined for Gaza and forced the vessel to head toward an Egyptian port, Iran's state television reported on Wednesday.

PAC: NZ man offers to pay costs of dead men's car hire
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 AAP/NZPA - The parents of two Melbourne brothers killed in an ice collapse on a New Zealand glacier have brought the body of one of their sons home.

ASIA: Elephants behaving badly banned from India parade
NEW DELHI, Jan 14 AFP - Bejewelled elephants that have delighted crowds at every Indian Republic Day since 1950 have been banned from this year's parade due to their "berserk" behaviour, officials said on Wednesday.

Hong Kong shares close up 0.3 per cent
Hong Kong share prices closed 0.3 per cent higher today .. following mild bargain hunting after days of losses.

Fed: Howard beams as Bush anoints "man of steel"
CANBERRA, Jan 14 AAP - Former prime minister John Howard beamed as outgoing US president George Bush hung the US Medal of Freedom around his neck at a White House ceremony on Wednesday (AEDT).

Australian Metal Prices - Jan 14
Note: all prices are exclusive of 10% GST

Optus fined $110,000 for breaching Spam Act=3D2
An Optus spokeswoman has told AAP the incident which led to the $110,000 penalty related to one marketing campaign in 2007 which involved sending a text message.

NSW: Two charged over taxi driver assault
SYDNEY, Jan 14 AAP - A teenage girl and a woman have been charged after a Sydney taxi driver was slashed across the neck with a knife.

Aust stocks close higher after gains from banks and resources =3D3

Vic: Ex-fire fighter in discrimination bid
A bisexual former fire fighter .. who says he was taunted with a Barbie doll and repeatedly called a poofter .. is fighting the Victorian government in a discrimination claim.

FED: Aust to review finding that Gulf War Syndrome doesn't exist
CANBERRA, Jan 14 AAP - Veterans have welcomed a decision by Australian authorities to review a 2003 decision which found Gulf War Syndrome didn't exist.

Vic: Teen drowns at Melbourne beach
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 AAP - A teenager has drowned while swimming at a Melbourne beach on Wednesday.

Fed: Jobless will rise unless IR bill amended - employers
CANBERRA, Jan 14 AAP - Unemployment will rise unless there are significant changes to the proposed new industrial laws, a key employer group has warned.

Ext homebuyers grant will not ease housing stress, Opp
The federal opposition says the increased first homebuyers grant will do nothing to ease the massive undersupply of housing.

Vic: Teen drowns at Melbourne beach
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 AAP - A teenage boy drowned at a Melbourne bayside beach on Wednesday.

ACT: Youth gang using crime for enjoyment and street cred
CANBERRA, Jan 14 AAP - A gang of young "petty thugs" have assaulted 18 people in Canberra over the past month for enjoyment and "street cred", rather than for money, police say.

Aust dollar closes firmer for first time in 5 days
SYDNEY, Jan 14 AAP - The Australian dollar closed firmer for the first time in five days as a rally on Asian share markets and a jump in copper prices convinced traders the currency had been oversold in recent days.

MID: Hundreds flee as Israeli airforce pounds Gaza border town
RAFAH, Gaza Strip, Jan 13 AFP - Hundreds of terrified Palestinians living in Rafah fled for their lives on Tuesday after a wave of ferocious Israeli airstrikes along Gaza's border with Egypt, witnesses said.

MID: Treat Hamas like Japan in WWII: Israeli nationalist leader
JERUSALEM, Jan 13 AFP - Israel should follow the example set by the United States when it brought Japan to its knees at the end of World War II, the head of an ultra-nationalist opposition party was quoted as saying Tuesday.

QLD: Dildo-wielding man in custody
A Queensland man appears in court again today over the killing of a dog and the use of a dildo to belt its owner about the head.

AFR: Tunnel-sniffing revolution on Gaza's last frontline
CAIRO, Jan 13 AFP - From radar to fibre optics and sonar to sweat, the quest to find an efficient method of unearthing Gaza's smuggling tunnels has become crucial to achieving a truce in the beleaguered territory.

NSW: Man found dead in bathroom
SYDNEY, Jan 14 AAP - A man has been found dead in the bathroom of a Sydney home, with police treating his death as suspicious.

SA: Bushfires destroy homes and businesses
South Australian fire fighters are expected to work throughout the night to contain a blaze which has destroyed two homes and continues to threaten properties outside Port Lincoln.

European stocks drop at start of trading
Europe's leading stock markets dipped at the start of trade today .. with London's FTSE 100 index of leading shares down 0.43 per cent at 4,406.99 points.

Aust dollar ends at one-month low
SYDNEY, Jan 13 AAP - The Australian dollar closed at a one-month low, shedding almost two US cents, as another bad day on Wall Street and sharp commodity price drops hit high-yielding currencies.

Qld: Pensioner bashed with machete in case of mistaken ID: court
BRISBANE, Jan 13 AAP - Two men bashed a pensioner with a machete after mistaking him for a drug dealer they wanted to rob, a court has been told.

NSW: Biggest Loser host sorry for welfare fraud, court told
SYDNEY, Jan 13 AAP - Biggest Loser host Ajay Rochester is sorry for claiming welfare payments when she knew she was not entitled, but deserves a second chance, her lawyer says.

NSW: Bushfire threatening homes now under control
SYDNEY, Jan 13 AAP - A bushfire which threatened several homes in Sydney's north is now under control.

Fed: Govt says all options on the table for further stimulus
CANBERRA, Jan 13 AAP - The impact of the slowing world economy will be felt in Australia's jobs market, with the latest figures due out on Thursday, Treasurer Wayne Swan says.

Vic: Hunt to fight road rage assault charges
Media personality REX HUNT will argue he was defending himself .. when he punched a cyclist in a road rage attack.

Aust stocks close lower, dragged back by resources sector
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 AAP - The Australian stock market closed lower on Tuesday, weighed upon by a weaker resources sector.

Aust stocks almost 2 pc lower at noon

Aust dollar lower at noon, bonds stronger
SYDNEY, Jan 13 AAP - The Australian dollar was lower at noon as lower commodities prices and slumping equity markets at home and abroad dampened demand for the high-yielding currency.

Aust stocks almost 2 pc lower at noon

NSW: Police clamp wheels of alleged street race cars
SYDNEY, Jan 13 AAP - Police have clamped the wheels of two cars involved in an alleged street race in Sydney.

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