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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 NSW activity property market to increase, says industry

SYDNEY, March 25 AAP - Activity in the NSW property market is expected increase over the first half of 2009 as buyers return tempted by lower interest rates and government grants, an industry body says.

The Real Estate Institute of NSW (REINSW) says the return of first home buyers has "re-energised" the state's property market.


Feature Story Rudd's personal popularity at near record levels

SYDNEY, March 24 AAP - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's personal popularity has returned to near record levels, while opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull has lost support, according to the latest Newspoll.

Mr Rudd's rating grew by four percentage points to 65 per cent in the past two weeks on the question of who would make the better prime minister, just one point short of his highest rating last December.


Feature Story 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.

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.


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.

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Rain too much, too soon, says Coffs mayor

By Adam Bennett and Vincent Morello 01 Apr 2009 5:34 PM

SYDNEY, April 1 AAP - Too much, too quick and too soon after February's devastating floods - that's how Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades describes the latest deluge.

The regional hub on the NSW mid-north coast is mopping up after torrential rain completely isolated the town.

Coffs Creek peaked at 6.15pm (AEDT) on Tuesday just below the 1996 flood level of 5.43m, after copping 450mm of rain in a 24-hour period.

About 100 Coffs Harbour residential properties and businesses were affected, with 420 people evacuated, including 300 school children and residents of aged care facilities.

Coffs Harbour, along with the local government areas of Bellingen and Nambucca, were on Wednesday declared natural disaster zones, after the once-in-a-century storms.

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TAS: 'Body part' found after drinking session turns fatal:police
HOBART, April 1 AAP - Two men are dead and a severed body part has been discovered by their neighbours after a drinking session went awry in Hobart, police say.

NSW: Woman found guilty of murdering man over barking dog
SYDNEY, April 1 AAP - A Sydney woman was so incensed when an Australia Day reveller told her barking dog to shut up that she stabbed the man to death on her front lawn.

NSW: Rain too much, too soon, says Coffs mayor
SYDNEY, April 1 AAP - Too much, too quick and too soon after February's devastating floods - that's how Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades describes the latest deluge.

NSW: Fifth Comanchero refused bail over fatal airport brawl
SYDNEY, April 1 AAP - Five Comancheros members remain behind bars after a magistrate refused bail for the latest man charged with affray over the fatal bikie brawl at Sydney airport.

NT: Man spends one day in prison for sex with girl
DARWIN, April 1 AAP - A man has spent only one day in prison for having sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend because neither of them understood they were breaking the law.

NSW: Comanchero refused bail over airport bashing death
The fifth Comancheros member charged over the fatal bikie brawl at Sydney airport has been refused bail.

Qld: Mum allegedly drugged, attempted to gas her children
BRISBANE, April 1 AAP - A mother has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly drugging her two children and then trying to gas them.

NT: Cop with child porn get one month prison
A former Darwin police officer will spend only one month in prison after he was caught with more than 500 images of child porn.

ASIA: NKorea threatens US spy planes monitoring rocket
SEOUL, April 1 AFP - North Korea has threatened to shoot down any US spy planes if they violate its airspace to monitor an imminent rocket launch, in a statement carried by state radio.

Fed: Paid maternity leave would help address pay gaps: Greens
The Australian Greens say introducing a national paid maternity leave scheme would help address the vast pay gaps between men and women.

NSW: Heavy rain a boon for Sydney catchments
SYDNEY, April 1 AAP - Heavy rain in the past 24 hours has brought relief for Sydney's dams, the NSW government says.

NSW: Multicultural "role model" cried as she was arrested: court
SYDNEY, April 1 AAP - A former NSW Young Australian of the Year sobbed at her arrest for supplying cocaine, saying "I am supposed to be a role model", a Sydney court has been told.

NSW: Keel builder acquitted over Excalibur deaths
SYDNEY, April 1 AAP - The man who built the keel of a yacht that sank off the NSW north coast killing four sailors has been found not guilty of their manslaughter.

FED: Jobs will go if international students stay away: report
CANBERRA, April 1 AAP - More than 6,000 jobs will be lost if overseas student enrolments drop five per cent amid the global financial crisis, new research shows.

NSW: Hells Angel shooting victim improving in hospital
Hells Angel PETER ZERVAS continues to improve in hospital after being shot four times in the latest chapter of Sydney's outlaw motorcycle gang wars.

Vic: Bushfire near Portland jumps containment lines
MELBOURNE, April 1 AAP - A bushfire burning in south-eastern Victoria jumped containment lines overnight and has more than doubled in size.

Fed: Most want first home grant boost extended:survey
An online survey shows most Australians want the federal government to extend the deadline on its more generous first home owners grant scheme beyond June.

Fed: Rudd gives warning on economy
LONDON, March 31 AAP - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the economy could turn out to be a lot worse than forecasts released on Tuesday.

Fed: Rudd gives warning on economy
LONDON, March 31 AAP - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the economy could turn out to be a lot worse than forecasts released on Tuesday.

NSW: Thousands left stranded by rising flood waters
SYDNEY, March 31 AAP - Torrential rain on the NSW mid-north coast has now left almost 3000 residents isolated and forced the evacuation of people from at least 100 properties in Coffs Harbour.

NSW: Thousands left stranded by rising flood waters
Torrential rain on the New South Wales mid-north coast has now left almost three thousand residents isolated and forced the evacuation of people from at least 100 properties in Coffs Harbour.

Qld: Labor confident of holding 52 seats
Labor's confident of holding 52 out of 89 seats in the Queensland parliament with vote counting expected to finish today.

Fed:Tanner agrees most Aussies think the country is in recession
Finance Minister LINDSAY TANNER say he agrees with Reserve Bank deputy governor RIC BATTELLINO .. who's said most Australians think the economy's in dire enough shape to call it a recession.

NSW: 4,000 isolated in northern NSW by floodwaters
Flash flooding has cut off parts of northern New South Wales .. including the Pacific Highway.

MID: British forces to begin Iraq withdrawal
BASRA, Iraq, March 31 AFP - British forces were on Tuesday to launch their official withdrawal from Iraq, a months-long process ending a role that kicked off with the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

NSW: Shots fired at house in Canley Heights
Shots have been fired at a home in Sydney's southwest in the latest of a string of apparently random attacks.

NSW: Sydney chaos could make it a likely terror threat: Oppn
SYDNEY, March 31 AAP - Sydney's inability to cope with a power blackout could make it a more likely terrorist target, the NSW opposition says.

NSW: Explosive in bag found outside bikie's home
SYDNEY, March 31 AAP - Police are analysing the contents of a plastic bag believed to contain explosive material that was found outside a bikie's home in Sydney's west.

FED: Doubts remain over Labor's broadband promise: Opposition
CANBERRA, March 31 AAP - The federal government has rejected opposition claims there's doubt among key players in the telecommunications industry over its ability to deliver a high-speed national broadband network.

NSW: Forest bird lost in the urban jungle
SYDNEY, March 31 AAP - Authorities are looking for a 10 centimetre tall escapee covered in green and white feathers.

NSW: Rees apologises for Sydney CBD power outage
NATHAN REES has apologised for the blackout which plunged Sydney's CBD into peak-hour chaos.

RBA says more rate cuts can be made if necessary
SYDNEY, March 31 AAP - The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) now sees the economy contracting in 2009, as the nation plunges into recession, and has left the door open for more interest rate cuts.

SA: Son walks free after murdering mother charge dropped
A son has been exonerated of murdering his mother despite a magistrate saying a jury could be extremely suspicious of his involvement in the alleged killing.

Qld: Army experts destroy old artillery shell
CAIRNS, March 31 AAP - Army bomb disposal experts have detonated a decades-old artillery shell found in a dry creek bed in far north Queensland.

Vic: Bushfires give ABC a boost in Nielsen ratings
Victoria's bushfires have helped push Melbourne's ABC radio station to the top of the ladder in the latest Nielsen surveys.

US: World's largest laser now ready for use
After more than a decade of work and five billion dollars .. US engineers have completed the world's most powerful laser .. capable of simulating the energy force of a hydrogen bomb and the sun itself.

Tas: Prosecution urged to deal quickly with top cop's case
HOBART, March 31 AAP - The last of a string of high-profile Tasmanian political and legal figures has given evidence at the preliminary hearing of Tasmania's suspended police chief Jack Johnston on corruption-linked charges.

NSW: 4,000 in northern NSW may be isolated by floodwaters
SYDNEY, March 31 AAP - A deep trough off the NSW coast producing five-metre waves and heavy rain is expected to cause floods that will leave up to 4,000 northern NSW residents stranded.

MED: 'Superpill' may cut heart disease: study
ORLANDO, Florida, March 30 AFP - Healthy people may be able to cut their risk of heart disease in half by taking a "super pill" combining three drugs to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, a study said on Monday.

NSW: Power failure throws Sydney CBD into chaos
SYDNEY, March 30 AAP - Sydney's CBD was thrown into chaos when a massive peak-hour power outage forced the closure of major road links, blacked out traffic lights, and left dozens of people stranded in lifts.

Fed: Mentally ill veterans failed by system, inquiry finds
About 10 per cent of diggers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will have long-term mental problems .. including post traumatic stress disorder.

Fed: Rudd confident of success at G20
KEVIN RUDD says he's confident there's still a chance of agreement at this week's G20 meeting in London .. on a coordinated approach to dealing with the global financial crisis.

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