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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 Longest Chase
Police chase stolen car 250km from Wagga to Canberra

20 Jan 2009 12:21 PM

CANBERRA, Jan 20 AAP - Police have arrested a 26-year-old man in Canberra following a 250km high-speed car chase that started in south-western NSW.

NSW police started pursuing the stolen car in Wagga Wagga on Tuesday morning and ACT Policing took up the chase when the driver crossed the border into the territory.


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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 Get ready for sharpest economic deceleration ever seen

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.

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

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.

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.

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Todays Main Feature Story
Fires contained but extreme weather looms

23 Jan 2009 2:29 AM

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 AAP - A cool change has helped firefighters contain fires that had been burning out of control in central and eastern Victoria.

But the entire state faces the most severe fire threat of the summer over the next few days due to a combination of scorching temperatures and high winds.

Fires burned within metres of homes in Melbourne's south and in Malmsbury in central Victoria on Thursday evening, while residents in nearby Woodend were under serious threat for several hours.

Both blazes were brought under control late on Thursday and fire crews worked through the night to hold them in check.

More than 200 firefighters, 54 trucks and four waterbombing aircraft tackled a 400-hectare blaze that threatened the townships of Malmsbury and Taradale, fanned by a southerly wind change late in the afternoon.

Continued .....

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NSW: Incidents mar Australia Day celebrations
SYDNEY, Jan 26 AAP - Violence and ugly portrayals of patriotism have marred Australia Day celebrations across NSW and in Queensland.

NSW: NSW govt job website hacked, personal details potentially compromised
SYDNEY, Jan 26 AAP - The personal details of thousands of job seekers may have been compromised after the NSW government website used to advertise public service roles was hacked.

Qld: Woman in intensive care in home assault
BRISBANE, Jan 26 AAP - A woman is in intensive care after a man broke into her Gold Coast house and assaulted her.

WA: 53-year-old mine worker dies while readying for cyclone
PERTH, Jan 26 AAP - A mine worker preparing for the onset of tropical Cyclone Dominic has been killed while dismantling a crane at Port Hedland.

PAC: NZ man discovers US military files on his MP3 player
WELLINGTON, Jan 26 NZPA - A New Zealand man has found confidential United States military files on an MP3 he bought at an op shop in the US.

NSW: NSW govt job website hacked, personal details potentially compromised
The personal details of thousands of job seekers may have been compromised .. after the NSW government website used to advertise public service roles was hacked.

NSW: Thousands of colourful patriotic revellers hit Sydney
SYDNEY, Jan 26 AAP - Thousands of colourfully-dressed Australia Day revellers have poured into Sydney to mark the national holiday with barbecues, concerts and boat races.

NSW: Police chase ends with arrests of four teens
SYDNEY, Jan 26 AAP - A police pursuit has ended with the arrests of four NSW youths suspected of involvement in a string of armed robberies.

US: Gunman kills 2, wounds 7 outside US club for young revellers
PORTLAND, Oregon Jan 25 AP - A gunman has opened fire outside an under-21s nightclub in the US state of Oregon, killing two girls and wounding seven other people before shooting himself.

NSW: Crews hope cooler weather will help them control blaze
SYDNEY, Jan 26 AAP - Firefighters hope cooler weather will help them control a massive bushfire burning on the NSW south coast.

Qld: Officer fined for speeding with police commissioner in car
BRISBANE, Jan 26 AAP - A police officer has been booked for speeding while driving Queensland's police commissioner to an Australia Day event.

FED: Aboriginal leader Mick Dodson named Australian of the Year
CANBERRA, Jan 25 AAP - Aboriginal leader and academic Mick Dodson has been named Australian of the Year at a ceremony outside Parliament House in Canberra.

NSW: Man charged after disturbance on flight
SYDNEY, Jan 25 AAP - Police have charged a man after a disturbance on a plane which was forced to make an unscheduled landing at Sydney Airport.

NSW: Girl, 13, drowns on NSW Central Coast
SYDNEY, Jan 24 AAP - Police are investigating the drowning of a 13-year-old girl on the NSW Central Coast.

US: Waco cult leader's mother killed, aunt charged
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan 24 AP - The mother of infamous Branch Davidian sect leader David Koresh has been stabbed to death, and Koresh's aunt is in custody on a murder charge.

VIC: Four hospitalised after stabbings
MELBOURNE, Jan 25 AAP - Four young men have been hospitalised with stab wounds following an incident in Melbourne's north.

PAC: NZ surrogate mum may have to pay child support to gay Aust dads
WELLINGTON, Jan 25 NZPA - A New Zealand surrogate mother could be forced to pay child support for the baby she had for two gay Australian men.

US: Obama pitches his plan to reverse economic slide
WASHINGTON, Jan 24 AP - President Barack Obama took to the airwaves on Saturday to promote his economic aid plan by emphasising how it would benefit ordinary Americans: thousands of better schools, lower electricity bills, and health coverage for millions who lose their insurance along with their jobs.

NSW: Staff, bureaucrats blame each other for hospital mistakes
SYDNEY, Jan 25 AAP - Staff at NSW hospitals and senior health bureaucrats blame each other for mistakes, including deaths of patients, according to a four-year study.

Fed: Aboriginal Australia celebrates Survival Day
A large number of Aboriginal people are preparing for one of their most challenging days of the year .. Survival Day.

EUR: Pope lifts excommunications of four bishops
VATICAN CITY, Jan 24 AP - Pope Benedict XVI has lifted the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent 20 years ago by the late French ultraconservative Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Vatican announced Saturday.

Vic: Theophanous sues his accuser
Embattled Victorian Labor MP THEO THEOPHANOUS is suing a woman who's accused him of rape for 10 million dollars.

Vic: Learner driver caught speeding 50kms over speed limit
Police in Victoria say a 25-year-old learner driver will be charged on summons .. after he was caught driving at more than 160-kilometres an hour .. with a young child in the car.

ASIA: Shot, hung or stoned for an Afghan spy?
KABUL, Jan 24 AFP - On the road to the Afghan mountains, the spy knew the game was up. The Taliban had caught him red-handed. There was only one question: would it be a bullet, the hangman's noose or death by stoning?

NSW: Man found dead in street was stabbed: police
SYDNEY, Jan 24 AAP - Police believe a man who was found dead in the middle of a street in Sydney's west was fatally stabbed.

NSW: Cyclist dies, another critical, after being hit by truck
SYDNEY, Jan 24 AAP - A cyclist has died and another has been critically injured after a truck ploughed into them on the M7 motorway in Sydney's west, police say.

NSW: Property owner found dead inside ute submerged in dam
SYDNEY, Jan 24 AAP - A body found in a dam in the NSW Hunter Valley is believed to be that of the 78-year-old property owner who had being trying to repair a pump on the dam wall, police say.

NSW: Father caught driving suspended with children at 216km/h
SYDNEY, Jan 24 AAP - A man with a suspended licence has been caught travelling at up to 216km/h with his wife and young children in the car, police say.

NSW: Sydney, Newcastle and south coast on total fire ban
SYDNEY, Jan 24 AAP - Some long weekend BBQs will have to wait until Sunday after the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) announced a total fire ban from Newcastle down to Bateman's Bay on the south coast.

Qld: Man shot walking through park
BRISBANE, Jan 24 AAP - A man has been shot in the knee while walking through a park in Brisbane's south.

NSW: Firefighters continue battling south coast blaze
Ground crews and water bombing aircraft are continuing to attack a bushfire which has burnt out 12-hundred hectares of national park land on the New South Wales south coast.

EUR: Australia's 'Jihad Jack' testifies in French bomb trial
PARIS, Jan 23 AFP - An Australian convicted of plotting attacks with al-Qaeda told a Paris court on Friday that a German accused of blowing up a synagogue had been close to Osama bin Laden.

NSW: More than 100 people caught with drugs at Big Day Out
SYDNEY, Jan 24 AAP - More than 100 people were caught with drugs at the Sydney leg of the Big Day Out music festival.

US: US approves 1st stem cell study for spinal injury
A US biotech company says it plans to start the world's first study of a treatment based on human embryonic stem cells .. a long-awaited project aimed at spinal cord injury.

NSW: Be on alert to prevent bushfires: Rural Fire Service
SYDNEY, Jan 24 AAP - Searing heat and the threat of more bushfires has prompted an appeal from the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to take care over the Australia Day long weekend.

NSW: Teen girl impaled during river joy ride
SYDNEY, Jan 23 AAP - A 13-year-old girl has died after being impaled on part of a tree during a night-time joy ride on the River Murray.

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