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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 Labor, LNP set for photo-finish in Qld poll

BRISBANE, March 21 AAP - Queensland voters are set to make history when the polls open at 8am (AEST) on Saturday.

The latest opinion poll, a Newspoll to be published in The Australian on Saturday morning, shows Labor and the Liberal National Party (LNP) locked on 50 per cent of the vote, after the distribution of preferences.


Feature Story Do or die for Hanson, but either way she's not going away

BRISBANE, March 18 AAP - Love her or hate her, no one can deny Pauline Hanson is one determined woman.

And where that dogged perseverance has taken her, drama has inevitably followed.


Feature Story Obama singles out Australia on economy

CANBERRA, March 15 AAP - US President Barack Obama has singled out Australia as a country taking appropriate action in the face of the global economic crisis.

Mr Obama mentioned Australia along with the economic heavy-hitters of China, the UK and the US.


Feature Story Stimulus packages will help retailers tread water

CANBERRA, March 11 AAP - The federal government's stimulus measures will enable retailers to tread water in what is an increasingly ugly economic backdrop, a leading independent forecaster says.

Centrelink will start doling out payments to families from Wednesday as part of the government's $42 billion nation-building package, while taxpayers earning less than $100,000 will start receiving their cash handouts next month.


Feature Story Economists divided on recession in Australia

MELBOURNE, March 8 AAP - Economists are divided over whether Australia can avoid a recession after December quarter data showed the first contraction in economic growth in eight years.

Last week's figures showed a 0.5 per cent drop in gross domestic product (GDP) in the December quarter, although the economy has so far avoided a "technical" recession after September quarter GDP rose by 0.1 per cent.

Feature Story Metro Melbourne rocked by magnitude 4.6 tremor

MELBOURNE, March 6 AAP - The centre of Melbourne has been rocked by an earth tremor, with residents reporting buildings shaking across the metropolitan area.

Geoscience Australia, which monitors earthquake activity, said the tremor measured magnitude 4.6 on the Richter scale, with the epicentre at Korumburra, about 90km southeast of Melbourne.

Feature Story Police confirm receipt of Hanson tape

BRISBANE, March 6 AAP - Queensland police are investigating new claims of electoral funding irregularities against Pauline Hanson.

The 54-year-old One Nation founder is contesting the Gold Coast hinterland seat of Beaudesert in the March 21 Queensland state election.

Feature Story Teenagers charged after violent school rampage

SYDNEY, March 2 AAP - Four teenagers allegedly terrorised students and staff with a tomahawk and a machete during a glass-smashing rampage at a Sydney private school.

Trinity Catholic College in Auburn went into lockdown about 8.15am (AEDT) on Monday after the school canteen, a car and glass noticeboards were destroyed.

Feature Story More job cuts as govt and opposition brawl over stimulus

CANBERRA, Feb 26 AAP - The federal government has been accused of creating panic after a senior minister said no one's job is safe.

There was more bad news on Thursday with commercial property manager Lend Lease announcing it would cut 340 jobs in Australia, a day after Pacific Brands said it would axe 1,850 positions.

Feature Story Australia 'may escape' recession

SYDNEY, Feb 23 AAP - Australia may escape a recession in 2009, although analysts say a sluggish housing sector and possible downgrades to state government credit ratings could affect confidence in the economy.

The world's premier economies of the US, Japan and Germany are already in recession, along with at least 11 other industrialised countries.

Feature Story Stimulus package projects to be fast tracked in NSW

SYDNEY, Feb 18 AAP - Infrastructure built in NSW from federal government's $42 billion stimulus package will bypass the usual planning and local government approval.

Instead, Premier Nathan Rees says the projects, including public housing and schools, will be approved by the newly appointed Infrastructure Coordinator General.

Feature Story Stimulus package clears parliament - now for the hard part

CANBERRA, Feb 13 AAP - The Rudd government cleared a final hurdle to get its $42 billion economic injection through parliament but the International Monetary Fund says the key now is to implement its stimulus plan.

Following a fortnight of parliamentary wrangling, the government can now begin spending its $42 billion package of cash handouts and infrastructure investment after securing the passage of legislation through the Senate.

Feature Story New stimulus package passes house, goes to senate

CANBERRA, Feb 12 AAP - The Rudd government will have a second crack at getting its $42 billion economic stimulus package through the Senate on Friday after a new version passed the lower house late on Thursday night.

The amended package, introduced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, will see cash handouts to low and middle-income earners and single-income families cut by $50, a concession won by the Australian Greens.

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Back to soul searching for LNP after election loss

By Gabrielle Dunlevy, State Political Correspondent 22 Mar 2009 12:10 AM

BRISBANE, March 21 AAP - Queensland's Liberal National Party will look to a new leader as it laments an election result that by past standards was good, but not quite good enough.

Despite polls predicting a photo finish, and talk of a hung parliament or a minority LNP government, the newly merged conservative party managed only a 3.5 per cent swing.

It was well short of the 8.3 per cent required for majority government, but LNP Leader Lawrence Springborg said the party still had cause for celebration albeit from the opposition benches.

As he conceded defeat, he noted the swing matched the one that ultimately allowed the West Australian conservatives to form minority government.

"Normally those sorts of seats and the sort of swing we've had tonight might even bring about a change of government," he said, as he announced he'd step down as leader after three failed bids to become premier.

"But ... that wasn't meant to be and I very much accept the mandate of the people of Queensland."

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"Virtually impossible" for Aust to avoid recession, says PM
CANBERRA, March 22 AAP - In his strongest language yet, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has admitted it is "virtually impossible" for the Australian economy to avoid recession.

Vic: Protest to be held over prayer rooms at university
MELBOURNE, March 22 AAP - Melbourne Muslim university students will protest on Monday, saying they are being sexually harassed and discriminated against due to a lack of prayer rooms.

Vic: Man caught driving 80km/h over speed limit
MELBOURNE, March 22 AAP - Police have impounded a car after a 24-year-old man was caught driving more than 80km/h over the speed limit.

NSW: Two injured, homes damaged in latest Sydney shooting
SYDNEY, March 22 AAP - Police are probing possible gangland links after another Sydney shooting in which two people were injured and several houses damaged.

Vic: Poor IT system threatens Vic police files - report
MELBOURNE, March 22 AAP - Victoria Police's information system is so overwhelmed, underfunded and underprotected it risks a massive loss of data that could paralyse the force's operations, confidential documents show.

Qld: Back to soul searching for LNP after election loss
BRISBANE, March 21 AAP - Queensland's Liberal National Party will look to a new leader as it laments an election result that by past standards was good, but not quite good enough.

Qld: Hanson not sure about her political future
PAULINE HANSON says she isn't sure whether she wants to continue in politics after failing yesterday to be elected as member in the Queensland seat of Beaudesert.

QLD: Bligh to announce new Qld cabinet line-up this week
BRISBANE, March 22 AAP - Queensland's triumphant Premier Anna Bligh will announce her new cabinet line-up this week after her historic election win, while the Liberal National Party (LNP) searches for a new leader.

Fed: Filmmaker 100 per cent sure he's found Kingsford Smith
Sydney filmmaker DAMIEN LAY says he's 100 per cent certain he's found the final resting place of Australian aviation pioneer Sir CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH .. off the coast of Burma.

Qld: Hanson concedes defeat
BRISBANE, March 21 AAP - Pauline Hanson has conceded defeat in the Queensland seat of Beaudesert.

Qld: Labor wins fifth term in Qld: senior party figures
BRISBANE, March 21 AAP - Senior party figures have declared Labor the victor in the Queensland state election.

Qld: Labor to hold government - ABC's Green =3D 2
"I think we can say Labor is back," Mr Green said.

Qld: Labor figures call election for their party
Retiring Queensland education minister ROD WELFORD has called the election for Labor.

Qld: Lee "thrilled" with swing to Greens in Indooroopilly
BRISBANE, March 21 AAP - Queensland's sole Greens MP Ronan Lee says he is "thrilled" with his party's results so far.

Qld: Labor wins fifth term in Qld: senior party figures=3D2
Mr Welford said the LNP had failed to win crucial Brisbane seats.

Qld: Lee "thrilled" with swing to Greens in Indooroopilly
Queensland's sole Greens MP RONAN LEE says he's thrilled with his party's results so far.

NSW: Opera House boss says massive refurbishment is needed
SYDNEY, March 21 AAP - The head of the Sydney Opera House says a massive refurbishment is needed so the iconic building can maintain its international reputation.

QLD: Political leaders vote in Queensland election
BRISBANE, March 21 AAP - Queensland's political leaders have cast their votes in the state election, which looks headed for a photo finish.

VIC: Shooters, protesters return to first day of duck season
MELBOURNE, March 21 AAP - The majority of hunters who greeted the beginning of the Victorian duck season behaved responsibly, authorities said.

QLD: LNP accused of producing fake Labor voting cards
There are claims of dirty tactics in the hotly contested seat of Indooroopilly .. after fake Labor how-to-vote cards were handed out.

QLD: Qld Labor Party to lose parliamentary majority - poll
BERISBANE, March 21 AAP - The Queensland Labor Party will lose its massive parliamentary majority, and may even lose government, despite a final campaign surge against conservative leader Lawrence Springborg, according to a poll.

Qld: Queensland goes down to the wire
There appears to be finally some late movement in voter sentioment in Queensland .. with a poll showing Labor's clawing back ground ahead of today's election.

Oil prices rise after news of Hormuz collision
Oil prices rise after news of Hormuz collision

MID: US Navy vessels collide in Strait of Hormuz
MANAMA, Bahrain, March 20 AP - Two US Navy vessels - a submarine and an amphibious ship - collided during the early on Friday in the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian peninsula, the US Navy's 5th Fleet reported.

Qld: Labor, LNP set for photo-finish in Qld poll
BRISBANE, March 21 AAP - Queensland voters are set to make history when the polls open at 8am (AEST) on Saturday.

NSW: Ex-judge Marcus Einfeld makes history by being jailed
MARCUS RICHARD EINFELD has made Australian legal history as the first superior court judge to be jailed.

NSW: 80-year-old man to ride 17,800km around Australia
An 80-year-old cyclist is dedicating a 17-thousand-800 kilometre trip around Australia to his late wife of 60 years .. while raising money for mental health research.

NSW: Big retailers slam decision to ban Easter Sunday trading
Major retailers aren't impressed with the New South Wales government rejecting their application to trade on Easter Sunday.

Vic:Passenger dies when car breaks down on level crossing
MELBOURNE, March 20 AAP - A passenger in a car has died after the vehicle broke down on railway tracks and was hit by a train in Melbourne's north.

NSW: Guns, maps, Fahda addresses found in car: court
SYDNEY, March 20 AAP - A Sydney man accused of planning to avenge the shooting murder of his brother has been denied bail, despite pleading for release to help care for his dead sibling's children.

VIC: Man charged over Hodson murders
MELBOURNE, March 20 AAP - Five years after the execution-style murders of police informer Terence Hodson and his wife Christine, police believe they now know who pulled the trigger.

Vic: 66 people officially identified
MELBOURNE, March 20 AAP - Victoria's coroner says 66 victims of Black Saturday's bushfires have been identified.

NSW: Cessnock would be crippled by jail sell-off: Council
SYDNEY, March 20 AAP - The NSW government's planned privatisation of Cessnock jail will cripple a town that is already on its knees, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.

NSW: Cessnock would be crippled by jail sell-off: Council
A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry's been told the privatisation of a prison will cripple a Hunter Valley town that's already on its knees.

FED: Stem cells giving Australian dogs new leash on life
SYDNEY, March 20 AAP - Old dogs are being given the ability to walk freely again thanks to medical science's newest trick - stem cells.

Fed: MySpace launches reality show
SYDNEY, March 20 AAP - Social networking site MySpace hopes to attract huge numbers of internet users to a new reality TV-style dating web show.

Vic: Outrage at Garrett's approval of desal plant
MELBOURNE, March 20 AAP - Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has been accused of a sell-out after approving Victoria's controversial desalination plant.

Qld: Police officer stood down after further charges
BRISBANE, March 20 AAP - A north Queensland police officer has been charged with two additional offences and stood down after allegedly failing a random breath test on Tuesday night.

NT: One dead, two injured in Darwin head-on smash
A man died and two people were injured in a high-speed head-on collision in suburban Darwin.

NSW: Nine teachers dismissed for sexual assault
SYDNEY, March 20 AAP - Every three weeks on average in NSW, a teacher is sacked for sexually assaulting children or committing other sex crimes against students, government figures show.

Fed:Job fearing consumers wind back credit card debt
The latest consumer figures show Australians are putting off buying a new car and foreign goods .. and would rather pay off their credit card debt than rack up more.

Fed:Almost 8,000 emergency payments to Vic bushfire victims made
Almost eight-thousand people hit by the devastating Victorian bushfires have received emergency payments.

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