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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 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).

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.

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.

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Israeli halts Gaza offensive

18 Jan 2009 12:42 PM

GAZA CITY, Jan 18 AFP - Israel held its fire in Gaza on Sunday after declaring a unilateral ceasefire in its 22-day onslaught which has killed more than 1,200 Palestinians and levelled vast swathes of the Hamas-run enclave.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had said after a meeting of his security cabinet he was calling an immediate end to offensive operations but added that troops would stay in Gaza for the time being with orders to return fire if attacked.

"At two o'clock in the morning (0000 GMT Sunday) we will stop fire but we will continue to be deployed in Gaza and its surroundings," Olmert said in a speech after the vote.

"We have reached all the goals of the war, and beyond," he added.

Continued .....

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MID: Gazans survey damage after three weeks of war
GAZA CITY, Jan 18 AFP - As Hamas congratulated Palestinians on their "victory" from mosque loudspeakers on Sunday, shell-shocked residents surveyed the debris of the deadliest offensive ever launched by Israel on Gaza.

MID: Dozens of bodies found in Gaza rubble as truce punctured
GAZA CITY, Jan 18 AFP - Israeli troops and Palestinian fighters exchanged their first shots on Sunday in Gaza, where dozens of bodies were pulled from the rubble after Israel ended a deadly war on Hamas.

Fed: Thousands again turn out in Sydney to support Palestinians
SYDNEY, Jan 18 AAP - Israel's unilateral ceasefire in Gaza has been met with cynicism on the streets of Sydney, with thousands of demonstrators turning out at a rally in support of Palestine.

MID: First Palestinian killed since Gaza truce: medics
A 20-year-old Palestinian man has been shot dead by Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip .. becoming the first fatality since Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire in the territory.

MID: First Palestinian killed since Gaza truce: medics
MID: First Palestinian killed since Gaza truce: medics

Vic: Two NSW teenagers arrested after two-hour, 200km police chase
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 AAP - Two NSW teenagers have been arrested after a police chase lasting two hours and about 200km in central Victoria.

WA: Man hospitalised after backpacker stabbing
PERTH, Jan 18 AAP - An Irish backpacker has been charged with stabbing a fellow countryman with a pair of scissors at a West Australian hostel.

MID: Nervous peace in Gaza after Israel halts war
GAZA CITY, Jan 18 AFP - A nervous peace reigned in Gaza early on Sunday amid reports of sporadic gunfire in the coastal strip after Israel unilaterally halted a war on Hamas but said its troops would remain in the battered enclave for the time being.

MID: Israeli troops fire at gunmen in Gaza City: army
GAZA CITY, Jan 18 AFP - Militants in the Gaza Strip fired five rockets into Israel on Sunday, in the first such attack since the Jewish state began a unilateral ceasefire to its war on Hamas, the army said.

NSW: Bad bushfire weather coming to NSW
SYDNEY, Jan 18 AAP - Firefighters are working to secure hotspots around NSW ahead of a week of sweltering weather forecast for most of the state.

NSW: One dead, three in hospital after car evades breath test
One person is dead and three others are in hospital after a car with Queensland plates evaded a random roadside breath test and crashed in northern NSW.

MID:Barrage of Gaza rockets after Israeli ceasefire announcement
JERUSALEM, Jan 18 AFP - Palestinian militants launched at least eight rockets from the Gaza Strip following Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's announcement of a unilateral ceasefire, according to the military.

MID: Displaced Gazans have little faith in Israeli ceasefire
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip, Jan 18 AFP - Word has spread among sheltering Gazans that Israel will soon hold its fire, but those who have fled its onslaught are wary of venturing back to homes that may no longer exist.

NSW: Cars confiscated, P-plate drivers charged
SYDNEY, Jan 18 AAP - Police have confiscated a car belonging to a P-plate driver spotted racing another car on Parramatta Road, Sydney, at up to 110km/h in a 60km/h zone.

MID: Israeli halts Gaza offensive
GAZA CITY, Jan 18 AFP - Israel held its fire in Gaza on Sunday after declaring a unilateral ceasefire in its 22-day onslaught which has killed more than 1,200 Palestinians and levelled vast swathes of the Hamas-run enclave.

FED: Strange finds in ultra-deep Australian waters
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 AAP - Bizarre carnivorous sea squirts, large spider-like creatures and an ancient fossilised coral reef have all been found in a voyage into ultra-deep Australian waters.

ASIA: Rampaging wild elephants kill three in north-east India
GAUHATI, India, Jan 17 AP - A herd of nearly 150 hungry elephants rampaged through a village in India's remote northeast, trampling to death a young family as they slept in their hut, a resident and a wildlife official said on Saturday.

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.

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