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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 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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CHI: Two sentenced to death over China milk scandal
A Chinese court has sentenced two men to death and given stiff jail terms to 10 others over a milk scandal that's led to widespread poisoning of babies in China and dairy recalls around the world.

Qld: Power being returned to north Qld after massive outage
BRISBANE, Jan 22 AAP - Power is slowly being returned to north Queensland after a massive outage blacked out all homes and businesses north of Townsville.

Qld: Power being returned to north Qld after massive outage
BRISBANE, Jan 22 AAP - Power is slowly being returned to north Queensland after a massive outage blacked out all homes and businesses north of Townsville.

Fed: Apology changes Australia Day forever: Hulls
MELBOURNE, Jan 22 AAP - The apology to Australia's indigenous people delivered by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd almost a year ago has changed the spirit of Australia Day forever, acting Victorian Premier Rob Hulls says.

Qld: Men charged over 1989 "cold case"
BRISBANE, Jan 22 AAP - Two men have been charged over the 1989 disappearance of Gold Coast businessman Jeffrey Wong and will appear in a Brisbane court on Friday.

Aust stocks mildly higher on China growth

NSW: Alleged burglar arrested after falling through ceiling
SYDNEY, Jan 22 AAP - An alleged burglar broke his arm after falling through the ceiling of a Newcastle house, shocking a family of seven, NSW police say.

NSW: Four men charged over Sydney drive-by shootings
SYDNEY, Jan 22 AAP - Four men with alleged links to an outlaw motorcycle gang have been charged over a string of drive-by shootings in Sydney's west.

NSW: Woman's body found off Bondi Beach
SYDNEY, Jan 22 AAP - The body of a woman has been found in waters off Sydney's Bondi Beach, police say.

NSW: Man accused of interfering with a corpse
SYDNEY, Jan 22 AAP - A Sydney man who allegedly entered a woman's unit to steal property but instead found her body has been accused of interfering with the corpse and covering up the scene to avoid any link to him.

Aust dollar lower at noon, bonds weaker
SYDNEY, Jan 22 AAP - The Australian dollar was slightly weaker at noon as the first contraction in South Korea's economy since 1998 had investors selling the commodities-driven currency.

Vic: Tyre king wife not guilty
The former wife of BOB JANE has been found NOT guilty of threatening to shoot and stab the tyre magnate.

NSW: No closure for family of murdered pregnant woman
The family of a pregnant New South Wales woman shot dead by her husband says they still have no closure without knowing why he did it .. after parole was granted eight years before his maximum jail term expired.

Vic: Family devastated by mystery death of beloved son, brother
MELBOURNE, Jan 22 AAP - The family of a man who lay dying on a Melbourne street for almost two hours until someone called an ambulance has been devastated by his death.

NSW: Suspected arsonist to face mental health assessment
A homeless man will undergo psychiatric assessment after facing court charged with lighting seven bushfires in Sydney's Royal National Park yesterday.

Vic: Firefighters battle fires in Gippsland region
Firefighters are battling several blazes in state forests and a national park in Victoria's Gippsland region .. as the whole state faces increasing fire danger.

NSW: Aircraft battling national park blaze
SYDNEY, Jan 22 AAP - Water bombing aircraft are being used to attack a fire which has burnt out more than 500 hectares of rugged bushland on the NSW south coast.

NSW: Man accused over father's death wants charge dropped: court
SYDNEY, Jan 22 AAP - A Sydney man accused of the manslaughter of his father, who was initially thought to have been killed in a ride-on lawnmower explosion, will seek to have the charge against him dropped.

NSW: Countdown on for time-of-day harbour bridge tolling
There are only five days to go until motorists crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge at peak times cop an increased toll.

MID: Israeli PM briefs Obama on Gaza situation
JERUSALEM, Jan 21 AFP - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has briefed US President Barack Obama on the situation in Gaza during a phone call, the premier's office says.

MID: Quartet will talk to Hamas if it recognises Israel: Blair
ABU DHABI, Jan 21 AFP - Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair says the diplomatic Quartet will deal with Hamas if the Islamist movement accepts a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

NSW: Lightning blamed for Sydney blackout
SYDNEY, Jan 21 AAP - Lightning strikes have been blamed for blackouts in Sydney's northern suburbs.

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.

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