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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 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.

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.

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.

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Todays Main Feature Story
Aussie author jailed for three years for Thai royal insult

By Jamie Duncan and Xavier La Canna 19 Jan 2009 8:04 PM

MELBOURNE, Jan 19 AAP/AP/AFP - An Australian writer who says he's endured "unspeakable suffering" in a Thai prison has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to criminal charges of insulting the country's royal family.

But the family of Harry Nicolaides and his Australian lawyer hope a direct appeal for a pardon from the royal family may get the Melbourne-born author home.

Nicolaides, 41, appeared in court on Monday wearing a dark orange prison jumpsuit with his hands cuffed and his feet shackled.

He has been in custody since his arrest at a Thai airport as he was about to board a plane for Melbourne in August last year.

"He has written a book that slandered the king, the crown prince and Thailand and the monarchy," the judge told the court.

Continued .....

Get ready for sharpest economic deceleration ever seen

19 Jan 2009 12:01 AM

CANBERRA, Jan 19 AAP - A leading economic forecaster has warned its clients to batten down the hatches for the sharpest deceleration Australia's economy has ever experienced.

But Australia is in a better position than almost any other rich nation heading into recession, Access Economics says.

And not everyone - especially those who have no reason to fear losing their job - will be impacted adversely by the dramatic slowdown this year.

"Really big and bad news is headed our way," Access said in its Business Outlook for December 2008, released on Monday.

Continued .....

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UK: Nuclear test vets begin court battle for compensation
LONDON, Jan 21 AAP - Hundreds of former servicemen involved in British nuclear tests in Australia and the South Pacific in the 1950s begin their legal battle for compensation in London on Wednesday.

Qld: Nth Qld dengue outbreak an epidemic
BRISBANE, Jan 21 AAP - North Queensland's dengue fever outbreak has been declared an epidemic with the number of confirmed cases climbing to 179.

Vic: New group to stem violent attacks on Indians
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 AAP - Police and community groups have moved to tackle a rise in violent robberies against Indian people in Melbourne with proposed measures including a bus to take students safely home.

NSW: Hot humid summer day followed by severe weather warning
SYDNEY, Jan 21 AAP - After sweltering through another hot and humid summer day, severe weather warnings were issued for Sydney and other parts of NSW.

Fed: Boy attacked by dog in suburban Sydney
SYDNEY, Jan 21 AAP - A nine-year-old boy has been attacked by a dog in Sydney, on the same day as a toddler was mauled by a dog in Brisbane.

Aust stocks close lower as banks and miners tumble
The Australian share market perked up in afternoon trading but still closed almost one per cent weaker .. largely on anxiety over the health of overseas banks.

Vic: More needed to protect Victoria from terrorist strike
Victoria's official auditor says the state's inadequately prepared to protect its essential services from a terrorist attack.

BHP job losses show focus needed on job creation-Oppn
SYDNEY, Jan 21 AAP - Job losses at the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton, demonstrate the need for any new economic stimulus package to focus on job creation, Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull says.

NSW: Man arrested by strike force in court on gun, drug charges
SYDNEY, Jan 21 AAP - A fourth man has faced a Sydney court as part of a major investigation into a string of crimes in NSW and Queensland.

Qld: Man granted bail after alleged road rage stabbing
BRISBANE, Jan 21 AAP - A man who allegedly stabbed a fellow motorist in the head with scissors in a road rage incident has been granted bail.

Qld: Man granted bail after alleged road rage stabbing
BRISBANE, Jan 21 AAP - A man who allegedly stabbed a fellow motorist in the head with scissors in a road rage incident has been granted bail.

Qld: Police still searching for abducted baby
BRISBANE, Jan 21 AAP - A car has been stolen in Brisbane with a 13-week-old girl still inside.

Qld: Survival expert doubts esky men's survival story
BRISBANE, Jan 21 AAP - A medical expert in long-term survival has cast doubt on the claims of two men who say they survived 25 days adrift at sea in an oversized esky.

NSW: Taxi speeds off leaving woman with serious head injuries
SYDNEY, Jan 21 AAP - A woman has been left with serious head injuries after a taxi sped off as she tried to get out of it in Sydney's eastern suburbs, police say.

US:Film fest welcomes futuristic flicks
(With AP Photos NYET143, NYET105)

NSW: More than a dozen bushfires being contained
SYDNEY, Jan 21 AAP - More than a dozen bushfires are being contained or monitored in outer Sydney and throughout NSW ahead of another sweltering day forecast for the state.

NSW: Motorists urged not to be butt tossers
SYDNEY, Jan 21 AAP - Fire authorities are urging motorists to use their ashtrays after cigarette butts tossed out of car windows in searing heat caused two Sydney fires.

NSW: Man charged with soliciting the murder of two people
SYDNEY, Jan 21 AAP - A man has been charged for allegedly attempting to employ another person to murder two people, police say.

Home affordability best in four years
WELLINGTON, Jan 21 NZPA - New Zealand homes are the most affordable they have been in four years but they are still unaffordable for many and credit rationing by banks isn't helping.

Fed: Rudd says Australia will stand by Obama
KEVIN RUDD says Australia will shoulder economic .. environmental and defence challenges with the United States under the new OBAMA administration.

Fed: US consul hopes Obama will make early visit to Australia
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 AAP - US Consul-General Michael Thurston hopes Australia will receive an "early visit" from America's 44th president Barack Obama.

NSW: Another man charged by Strike Force Tuno 2
SYDNEY, Jan 21 AAP - A man will face firearms and drug charges in a Sydney court after being arrested by a police strike force investigating a string of major crimes in two states.

NSW:Science of the surf - a ripping yarn
SYDNEY, AAP - Dr Rob Brander is one of the world's foremost authorities on rips and has made it his mission to campaign for surf safety and education.

Vic: Jane's wife told lies for personal gain, court told
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 AAP - The wife of tyre magnate Bob Jane was motivated by personal gain when she told lies about a fight the couple had soon after they separated, a court has been told.

Aust dollar weaker at noon hitting six-week low
SYDNEY, Jan 21 AAP - The Australian dollar was weaker at noon as heavy financial sector losses dashed hopes that US President Barack Obama's inauguration would restore optimism.

Vic: Thai official defends controversial lese majesty laws
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 AAP - A Thai official has defended strict laws against those who offend his nation's royal family, as Australian Harry Nicolaides begins a three-year sentence for the crime.

Vic: Man dies after timber plank pierces windscreen
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 AAP - A driver has died after a plank of wood flew off another motorist's trailer and pierced the windscreen of his car.

MID: Israel denies uranium charge
JERUSALEM, Jan 20 AP - Israel says allegations it used depleted uranium munitions in Gaza are propaganda.

MID: Israeli rights groups call for probe into army's Gaza role
JERUSALEM, Jan 20 AFP - Eight Israeli human rights groups came together on Tuesday to demand the state investigate the army's behaviour in the deadly 22-day assault on the Gaza Strip.

MID: Ban demands probe into deadly Israeli attacks
UN chief BAN KI-MOON has called for a full investigation into the Israeli shelling of three United Nations buildings in the Gaza Strip.

MID: UN chief condemns rocket attacks on Israel
SDEROT, Israel, Jan 20 AP - UN chief Ban Ki-moon has harshly criticised Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel.

Fed: Go to court, stop whaling: legal expert
An expert in international law says Australia would have a very strong case if it takes international legal action to try and stop Japanese whaling.

Don't kiss $1-a-litre petrol goodbye: ACCC petrol chief
There's good news for motorists .. petrol could drop back under one dollar a litre.

Fed: Our "green" GG
Governor General QUENTIN BRYCE is taking an interest in climate change .. and jetting to the Middle East to address a major conference on renewable energy.

MID: Ban calls Gaza situation 'heartbreaking'
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip, Jan 20 AP - UN chief Ban Ki-moon is calling on Israel and Hamas to show restraint and honour their recent ceasefire.

NSW: Boy breaks leg in fall from second-storey window
SYDNEY, Jan 20 AAP - A four-year-old boy who fell from a second-storey window while playing in Sydney's south-west is in a stable condition in hospital with a broken leg.

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