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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 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.

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


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.

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World stocks skyrocket after G20 summit boost

03 Apr 2009 3:34 AM

LONDON, April 2 AFP - Global stocks shot up on Thursday amid greater optimism following a G20 summit in London that boosted efforts to save the world economy and after an uptick in US manufacturing orders.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 3.45 per cent and the tech-heavy Nasdaq index was up 3.83 per cent at 1600 GMT.

London's FTSE 100 index of leading shares closed up 4.28 per cent, Paris soared 5.37 per cent and Frankfurt rocketed up 6.07 per cent.

Hong Kong led the charge in Asia, shooting up 7.41 per cent, while Tokyo closed up 4.40 per cent at a three-month high and Mumbai gained 4.51 per cent.

Investors had been expecting a strong lead from the Group of 20 meeting of world leaders in London, which has been overshadowed by differences between Europe and the United States in seeking ways to end the global crisis.

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Qld: Dream job seekers dazzle selectors
BRISBANE, April 3 AAP - It's taken three months and 34,684 applicants, but 16 impressive job seekers have dazzled their way into the final round of Queensland's Best Job in the World competition.

Qld: Labor secures 51 seats in Qld parliament
BRISBANE, April 3 AAP - Labor has secured 51 seats in the Queensland parliament at the end of official counting.

NSW: Police who revealed woman used to be man face ruin
SYDNEY, April 3 AAP - Two policemen's lives "cannot get any lower" after privacy breach convictions for telling a man his girlfriend used to be a male and he had been "rooting a bloke".

NSW: Man charged over bikie O'Connor murder
SYDNEY, April 3 AAP - A man has been charged with murder over the shooting death of former Nomads bikie and Kings Cross identity Todd O'Connor, who was gunned down in Sydney last year.

NSW: Bikie gangs won't be dismantled overnight: Scipione
SYDNEY, April 3 AAP - NSW's police chief says officers are moving to use new laws to crack down on bikie gangs, but warns results won't come overnight.

ASIA: US, allies vow stern response to NKorea rocket launch
SEOUL, April 3 AFP - The United States and its allies have warned North Korea not to go ahead with a planned satellite launch, vowing a stern response amid signs the communist state is just a day or two from blast-off.

UK: Obama sprinkles stardust as new world eco order dawns
LONDON, April 3 AAP - Laden with the expectations of more than six billion people, 20 world leaders must have heaved a collective sigh of relief after stock markets spiked upwards on news of the G20 deal to rescue the planet from ruin.

Aust dollar rises above 72 US cents, highest in three months
SYDNEY, April 3 AAP - The Australian dollar marked a fresh three month high on Friday after rising above 72 US cents in morning trading.

NSW: Woman acquitted of murder jailed for forging will
SYDNEY, April 3 AAP - A woman acquitted of murdering her father has been jailed for at least two years and 10 months for forging his will and trying to persuade her daughter to give false evidence.

NSW: Two thousand people still cut off after floods: SES
SYDNEY, April 3 AAP - Up to 2,000 people remain isolated after torrential rain brought widespread flooding to the NSW mid-north coast earlier this week.

Vic: Pair charged with drugs, weapons offences
MELBOURNE, April 3 AAP - Two Victorian men have been charged with various drug offences after a raid on a property netted drug-making equipment and a gun.

Qld: Flash floods cause choas
BRISBANE, April 3 AAP - Children have been stranded at school, tourists have spent the night in a bus and cars have been caught in swollen creeks after severe weather caused flash flooding in southeast Queensland.

NSW: Woman tied up while men ransack house
SYDNEY, April 3 AAP - Three masked men have stormed a Sydney woman's home while she was watching television, threatening her with a knife and making off with a number of items, including a plasma TV.

Rudd hails deal as marking end to "financial cowboys"
LONDON, April 2 AAP - The financial market "cowboys" who wreaked havoc on the world economy will be brought undone by the agreement struck on Thursday by the world's 20 largest economies, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says.

NSW: Man beaten during carjacking: Police
SYDNEY, April 3 AAP - A man was beaten about the face before a carjacker made off with his vehicle in Sydney's east, police say.

NSW: New bikie laws undermine Australians' basic rights: Greens
The New South Wales Greens say tough new bikie laws undermine basic rights in Australia and increase the possibility of police corruption.

Qld: One Nation to battle on despite loss
BRISBANE, April 3 AAP - One Nation will have to prove it is a viable political force in Queensland after losing its sole elected representative.

Qld: One Nation to battle on despite loss
One Nation leaders say the party will battle on despite losing its only elected representative.

UK: G20 takes big steps against 'failed regulatory system': Obama
LONDON, April 2 AFP - G20 leaders made major progress in reforming a "failed regulatory system" for global finance which had endangered the world's prosperity, US President Barack Obama said after their summit on Thursday.

UK: G20 leaders strike historic agreement to save world economy
Leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies have struck an historic agreement to pump one trillion dollars ($A1.43 trillion) into the global financial system .. as part of a major rescue package.

UK: G20 recovery deal 'a step forward': Medvedev
LONDON, April 2 AFP - Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has hailed a G20 accord on how to fix the global economy as a "step forward", but cautioned that it was not necessarily a "turning point".

US: Obama hails summit as recovery 'turning point'
LONDON, April 2 AP - Concluding his first international summit, President Barack Obama hailed agreements at the emergency meeting of world powers on Thursday as a "turning point in our pursuit of global economic recovery."

UK: World stocks skyrocket after G20 summit boost
LONDON, April 2 AFP - Global stocks shot up on Thursday amid greater optimism following a G20 summit in London that boosted efforts to save the world economy and after an uptick in US manufacturing orders.

NSW: BoM warns to prepare for more rain as clean-up continues
More thunderstorms are expected to hit the already devastated NSW mid-north coast tomorrow .. as thousands of residents and businesses continue the massive clean-up from this week's devastating rains.

UK: Royal protocol slides as Michelle Obama embraces Queen
LONDON, April 2 AAP - It was a move that earned former prime minister Paul Keating the nickname Lizard of Oz - putting a friendly arm around the Queen.

NSW: Second man charged over cache of rare and banned guns
SYDNEY, April 2 AAP - A second man has been charged over a year-long operation targeting the illegal supply of military-style firearms and other weapons.

ASIA: Air strike kills 20 militants in Afghanistan: US military
KABUL, April 2 AFP - A military air strike killed 20 militants in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province following ground clashes between rebels and troops, a spokesman for the US-led force said Thursday.

NSW: Tough new anti-bikie laws to take effect on Thursday
SYDNEY, April 2 AAP - Laws allowing police to declare bikie gangs "criminal organisations" may be approved within hours after new legislation was rushed before the NSW parliament.

NSW: Two men arrested in aftermath of Darwiche murder
SYDNEY, April 2 AAP - Two men have been charged by police investigating the murder of alleged Sydney drug boss Abdul Qadier Darwiche.

SA: Two arrested over drug run to Sydney
ADELAIDE, April 2 AAP - Two people have been arrested over an attempt to traffick more than 3,000 street deals of cannabis from Adelaide to Sydney.

UK: G20 summit must resolve to act or suffer consequences
LONDON, April 1 AAP - World leaders attending the G20 summit in London must leave the meeting with agreement for immediate action or the global economy will suffer the consequences by the end of the year, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says.

UK: Obama takes command on big global debut
LONDON, April 1 AFP - President Barack Obama made a storming debut on the global stage on Wednesday, reeling off successive summits with sometime US rivals Russia and China in an ambitious new dawn for US diplomacy.

SA: Man goes beserk in Snowtown; four injured
ADELAIDE, April 2 AAP - Police in South Australia say they've charged a man with attempted murder after he allegedly went on a rampage, randomly stabbing two women and running two men down in his four-wheel drive.

Fed: Unemployment will rise higher than the forecast 7pct: Swan
CANBERRA, April 1 AAP - Australia's unemployment rate will climb higher than the previous forecast of seven per cent, Treasurer Wayne Swan says.

NSW: Albury Mayor asks cemetery vandals to own up to damage
SYDNEY, April 1 AAP - The Mayor of Albury City Council has called on those responsible for destroying the graves of eight World War II diggers to own up to police.

UK: London police stop armoured car ahead of G20 protests
LONDON, April 1 AFP - British police seized an armoured car, at least one police uniform and arrested eight people on Wednesday as thousands of protesters gathered in London ahead of the G20 summit, a spokesman said.

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.

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