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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 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.

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.

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".

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Todays Main Feature Story
Howard beams as Bush anoints "man of steel"

By Kate Hannon, National Political Editor 14 Jan 2009 3:50 PM

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).

Mr Bush invoked his famous moniker for Mr Howard - "the Man of Steel" - as he described their friendship and his admiration for the Australian leader's courage in supporting the war on terrorism.

He told the Washington DC audience of Mr Howard's lament more than 20 years ago on his chances of reviving his political career after losing the Liberal leadership as "Lazarus with a triple bypass".

"The man has got an unusual way of speaking," Mr Bush joked.

Mr Howard and fellow member of the coalition of the willing, former British prime minister Tony Blair, and Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, each received the medal, the highest civilian honour in the US.

Continued .....

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Fed: Terrorism scare for Sea Shepherd in Hobart
An anti-whaling ship has been placed in quarantine in Hobart after it received a letter containing a suspicious white powder.

WA: Six bikies arrested as police swoop on nightclub trouble
West Australian police have arrested six members of a bikie gang .. after a confrontation outside a Perth night club in the early hours of this morning.

Vic: Police interview truck driver over hit and run
Police in Victoria say they've spoken to a truck driver .. involved in a hit and run collision a week ago in the state's west.

MID: Ten dead in strike on Gaza mourners: medics
GAZA CITY, Jan 16 AFP - At least ten people were killed on Friday in an Israeli strike on a house in Gaza City during a funeral wake, according to Palestinian medics.

MID: Israel poised to call halt to Gaza offensive: source
GAZA CITY, Jan 16 AFP - Israel looked poised on Friday to call a unilateral halt to its deadliest ever offensive on Gaza after securing backing from the US and Egypt to prevent arms smuggling into the Hamas-run enclave.

NSW: 15-year-old boy refused entry to bus smashes windows
SYDNEY, Jan 17 AAP - A 15-year-old boy allegedly assaulted a man and vandalised a bus after the driver refused to let him on board.

NSW: Two youths charged over stabbing in Sydney's south-west
SYDNEY, Jan 17 AAP - Two teenagers have been charged over the stabbing of a 40-year-old man.

NSW: One man dead and another missing after late night swim.
The body of a 20-year-old Sydney man has been recovered from heavy seas off the New South Wales central coast .. while police are coordinating a search for another man who was swimming with him.

Vic: Out of control bushfire burns home
PERTH, Jan 17 AAP - Fire crews are battling a dangerous bushfire in Western Australia that has destroyed one home.

Fed: Some pensions to rise as system tweaked
CANBERRA, Jan 17 AAP - People on a part pension could see their payments rise after the federal government tweaked the system in response to the financial crisis.

NSW: NSW residents warned to prepare for bushfires
Firefighters across New South Wales have begun a busy weekend .. bringing 30 blazes under control and preparing for soaring temperatures next week.

MID: Israeli envoy leaves Cairo without Gaza truce deal
CAIRO, Jan 16 AFP - Israeli defence official Amos Gilad left Cairo on Friday after the latest round of talks on Egypt's proposal for a truce in the Jewish state's conflict with Hamas, with a diplomatic source saying there was still no formal agreement on a truce.

MID: Hamas leader rejects Israel's conditions for Gaza truce
DOHA, Jan 16 AFP - Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said on Friday the Islamist movement will not accept Israel's terms for a Gaza truce.

MID: Israeli diplomats to US, Egypt for truce talks
GAZA CITY, Jan 16 AP - Top Israeli diplomats headed for Egypt and the United States on Friday in what appeared to be a final push toward a ceasefire to end Israel's punishing Gaza offensive against Hamas militants.

NSW: Australian woman safe after New York plane crash
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 AAP - An Australian woman who survived a plane crash into New York's Hudson River has told how passengers worked together to make sure they all got out alive.

Vic: Man jailed for trying to spread HIV
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 AAP - An HIV positive Melbourne man who tried to infect people with the virus has been sentenced to 18 years jail in what police believe is a world first conviction.

NSW: Australian woman safe after New York plane crash
An Australian woman is among those who escaped when a plane crashed into New York's Hudson River.

NSW: ATM attack mastermind refused bail
SYDNEY, Jan 16 AAP - A man on parole for armed robbery is alleged to be the mastermind of a series of hold-ups and gas attacks on Sydney automatic teller machines (ATMs).

Aust dollar closes firmer as shares rally
The Australian dollar closed stronger as the passage of a 825 billion US dollar economic stimulus package rescued the waning fortunes of high-yielding currencies.

Qld: Road toll doubles in 24 hours
Motorists across Queensland are being warned to take care .. after seven road fatalities within 24 hours.

Fed: First VC recipient in 40 years "stuff of legend", Rudd says
CANBERRA, Jan 16 AAP - The bravery of Trooper Mark Donaldson, the first Australian awarded the Victoria Cross in 40 years, is "the stuff of Australian legend", Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says.

NSW: Three suspects being questioned over cemetery vandalism.
Three youths will be questioned by police .. after 45 marked graves dating back to the late 1800s were smashed beyond repair at a cemetery on the New South Wales south coast.

Qld: Teen in 30m waterfall plunge
BRISBANE, Jan 16 AAP - An 18-year-old woman is in a serious condition with a fractured skull after falling 30 metres down a waterfall in far north Queensland.

NSW: Headstones smashed in Wollongong Cemetery
Police are appealing for information after a large number of headstones were destroyed at a cemetery in Wollongong.

NSW: Two men charged with starting bushfire in national park
Two men have been charged with recklessly causing a bushfire .. which began when a stolen car was set alight just west of Sydney.

NSW: Firefighters kept busy with Sydney building fires
SYDNEY, Jan 16 AAP - Firefighters battled to put out three building blazes across Sydney overnight but they were unlikely to have been heat-related, a NSW Fire Brigades spokeswoman said.

NSW: Another woman miscarries in hospital toilet
SYDNEY, Jan 16 AAP - A Broken Hill woman is "having nightmares" after losing her baby in a hospital toilet when she was 23 weeks pregnant with twins, her husband says.

Vic: Woman who scammed own family members also defrauded Centrelink
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 AAP - A woman who fleeced her de facto's family of more than $126,000 in a scam involving fictitious police and bikies also defrauded Centrelink of almost $50,000, a court has been told.

NT: Woman kidnapped, sexually abused, beaten at camp
DARWIN, Jan 16, AAP - A woman was allegedly kidnapped by her former boyfriend, who sexually assaulted and beat her while holding her captive in an outback town over several days.

FED: Oddities of the week
SYDNEY, Jan 16 AAP - Oddities of the week:

NSW: Man charged over ATM explosions
SYDNEY, Jan 16 AAP - A man has been charged over a series of attacks on automatic teller machines in Sydney.

MID:Israel kills senior Hamas leader Said Siam in Gaza: Hamas TV
GAZA CITY, Jan 15 AFP - Israel killed one of Hamas's top leaders in Gaza, interior minister Said Siam, the most senior Islamist to have been killed in the 20-day-old war in the enclave, Hamas television said.

Fed: Sun rises on new solar institute
Federal Energy Minister MARTIN FERGUSON says Australia could once again lead the world in solar research with the launch of a national institute in Newcastle.

MID: Foreign press urges boycott of Israeli army footage
JERUSALEM, Jan 15 AFP - The Foreign Press Association on Thursday urged its members to boycott Israeli army photos and video footage to protest at the shelling of a media building in Gaza City that wounded two cameramen.

EUR: Lithuanian firm hires witch to hunt debt dodgers
VILNIUS, Jan 15 AP - In these difficult times for creditors, a Lithuanian debt collector is offering an unconventional service to retrieve arrears: witchcraft.

MID: Civilians sheltered at Gaza hospital before 'horror' attack
GAZA CITY, Jan 15 AFP - Gripping their wailing children, terrified Gaza civilians scuttled for any shelter they could find on Thursday as Israeli tanks barrelled into the heart of a residential neighbourhood in Gaza City.

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