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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.


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 EU rejects Iran interference claims as 'unacceptable'

BRUSSELS, June 22 AFP - The European Union has rejected Iran's claims of EU interference in presidential elections there as "baseless and unacceptable".

"The EU considers the accusations made by various Iranian authorities towards the EU and its member states concerning European interference in the Iranian elections as baseless and unacceptable," a statement said on Monday.


Feature Story Iranian protesters clash with police, defying ultimatum

TEHRAN, June 20 AFP - Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets of Tehran in defiance of an ultimatum from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for an end to protests over last week's disputed presidential election.

A suicide bomber meanwhile struck a key regime monument -- the south Tehran mausoleum of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei, killing himself and wounding three pilgrims, state media reported.


Feature Story Khamenei says Iran protests must end

TEHRAN, June 19 AFP - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has demanded an end to street protests over last week's disputed presidential election, siding with declared winner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Making his first public appearance on Friday after daily demonstrations against the results, he ruled out any major fraud in the election and warned that defeated candidates would be held to account over any renewed violence on the streets.


Feature Story Iran takes centre stage at Twitter conference

NEW YORK, June 18 AFP - Some members of the audience in the darkened New York theatre had paid nearly $US1,200 ($A1,515) for their seats.

But they weren't settling in to watch a hit Broadway musical.


Feature Story Anti-Ahmadinejad protesters flock to banned demo

TEHRAN, June 15 AFP - "Give back our votes!" hundreds of thousands of Iranians both young and old chanted on Monday at a banned opposition rally in Tehran protesting at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed election win.

Defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi also attended the rally in his first public appearance since Friday's poll which he has branded a "charade."


Feature Story Iran protests mount as Ahmadinejad wins landslide

TEHRAN, June 13 AFP - Hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a landslide victory in Iran's hotly-disputed presidential vote, according to official results on Saturday that triggered mass opposition protests and furious complaints of cheating from his defeated rivals.

Riot police clashed with protesters in unrest not seen for a decade as thousands of supporters of main challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi took to the streets shouting "Down with the Dictator" after final results showed Ahmadinejad winning almost 63 per cent of the vote.


Feature Story Don't worry, it's just a pandemic

PARIS, June 11 AFP - Now it's official: we have a flu pandemic. But what does it mean?

For many, the term may be tinged with fear. It evokes folk memories of three influenza pandemics that erupted last century and claimed tens of millions of lives.


Feature Story WHO declares flu pandemic

GENEVA, June 11 AFP - The swine flu crisis has escalated into the world's first influenza pandemic in 40 years, the World Health Organisation has declared, after infecting tens of thousands of people in 74 countries.

WHO director-general Margaret Chan says the declaration of a "moderate" pandemic should not be a cause for panic and does not mean the death toll from A(H1N1), which stands at less than 150, will sharply increase.


Feature Story Economy offers 'rational basis for confidence': Rudd

MELBOURNE, June 9 AAP - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Australia's strong economic fundamentals offer a glimmer of hope the nation will escape the worst effects of the global recession.

Speaking at the National Small Business Summit in Melbourne on Tuesday night, Mr Rudd said there was no room for "simple, misty-eyed optimism" and acknowledged business owners faced "tough decisions" amid the downturn.


Feature Story Obama 'deeply concerned' by sentencing of journalists

WASHINGTON, June 8 AFP - US President Barack Obama is "deeply concerned" over the sentencing of two US journalists by North Korea and is using "all possible channels" to obtain their release, The White House said on Monday.

"The president is deeply concerned by the reported sentencing of the two American citizen journalists by North Korean authorities, and we are engaged through all possible channels to secure their release," White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters.


Feature Story Obama wraps up landmark Middle East, Europe trip

PARIS, June 7 AFP - President Barack Obama on Sunday wrapped up a Middle East and Europe tour steeped in history and intense diplomacy, confident he has cleared the "debris" thwarting US relations with the Muslim world.

Obama, who visited Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany and France also believes he has made clear what he expects from all leaders in the strife-torn Middle East as he cranks up a regional peace drive, aides said.


Feature Story Economy dodges recession bullet for now

CANBERRA, June 3 AAP - The economy has avoided a much feared recession on paper, but Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned the nation could still experience further periods of negative economic growth in the future.

Exports and household spending helped the economy grow by 0.4 per cent in the first three months of the year, preventing a second consecutive quarter of negative growth that defines a recession.


Feature Story Swine flu cases hits 500 after another surge in Vic

CANBERRA, June 2 AAP - The number of swine flu cases in Victoria has surged again, adding 89 in one day to push the national tally beyond 500.

And there are fears the number could soar again following Wednesday's State of Origin series opener at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, where a near sell-out crowd of 50,000 is expected.


Feature Story Economy - things might not turn out as badly as expected

With the global economy in recession and Australia waiting for news on Wednesday that gross domestic product fell for the second consecutive quarter, it is hard to imagine the slump might not be as steep or as prolonged as it is widely predicted to be.

And perhaps a gloomy outlook for Australia is justified.


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Solar users to be paid for excess energy, NSW govt

By Adam Bennett 23 Jun 2009 5:28 PM

SYDNEY, June 23 AAP - Solar-savvy households will be paid up to $900 a year to generate their own electricity under a NSW government plan to boost renewable energy.

Under the 20-year scheme, residents plus some schools, small businesses and community groups will be paid 60 cents per kilowatt hour - four times the average cost of electricity.

The net feed-in tariff, which NSW Environment and Climate Change Minister Carmel Tebbutt described as the most generous in Australia, could result in some solar panel owners receiving $900 a year for unused electricity they feed into the electricity grid.

But environmental groups, the Greens and the opposition have bemoaned the failure to implement a more generous gross tariff, which pays for all the power generated, not just what is put into the grid.

They say Tuesday's announcement is a missed opportunity for the state's burgeoning solar energy industry.

Ms Tebbutt said the scheme, which will begin on January 1 and apply to solar systems up to 10 kilowatts in size, could create 500 environmental jobs across NSW.

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US: Exact details of Jackson death remain unclear
LOS ANGELES, June 26 AP - The final act of Michael Jackson's life came into clearer focus on Friday, a picture of a fallen superstar under the care of his own private cardiologist as he tried to get his 50-year-old body in shape for a gruelling bid to reclaim his glory.

US: Obama thought Jackson a 'tragic' icon: spokesman
WASHINGTON, June 26 AFP - President Barack Obama regarded Michael Jackson as a musical icon, but thought aspects of his life were sad and tragic, his spokesman said, sending condolences to the pop star's family.

US: Sales of Jackson music, videos climb online
NEW YORK, June 26 AP - Michael Jackson's death has led to skyrocketing sales of his music and videos, with major retailers like and Barnes and Noble selling out of products that have regained immense popularity overnight.

US: At least one million have had swine flu in US: official
WASHINGTON, June 26 AFP - At least one million people in the United States have had swine flu, or about 50 times more than the number of cases reported to health authorities, an official at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

Vic: Hoon caught 130km/h over speed limit
MELBOURNE, June 27 AAP - Police have seized the car of a 21-year-old man clocked driving at 130km/h over the speed limit in Melbourne overnight.

US: US House passes historic climate change bill
WASHINGTON, June 26 AP - In a triumph for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed sweeping legislation on Friday that establishes the United States' first limits on pollution linked to global warming and aims to usher in a new era of cleaner, yet more costly energy.

Qld Bushwalkers missing
Queensland Police and SES volunteers are continuing to search for five bushwalkers missing from Neurum Creek .. near Woodford.

NSW: Bikie-related violence prompts $100,000 reward
SYDNEY, June 27 AAP - Renewed bikie-related violence has prompted NSW police to offer a $100,000 reward over the murder of a Sydney man with alleged links to organised crime.

NSW: Two men charged over glassing incident at Maroubra
SYDNEY, June 27 AAP - A man has been glassed and beaten up while celebrating a friend's birthday in Sydney's east.

WA: Young Perth woman is fifth Australian to die with swine flu
PERTH, June 27 AAP - A 26-year-old Perth woman has become the fifth Australian to die after being diagnosed with swine flu, Western Australia's chief health officer says.

EUR: Swiss team unveils pioneering solar plane
GENEVA, June 26 AFP - Round-the-world balloooning pioneer Bertrand Piccard has unveiled his solar-powered aircraft in Switzerland, ready for another trend-setting circumnavigation of the globe powered solely by the sun.

FED: Crisis costs Australians 36pc of their wealth
SYDNEY, June 27 AAP - It's been revealed that Australian households have lost 36 per cent of their financial wealth since the economic crisis began.

Pac:Police demolish settlement where 3 die in Origin violence
PORT MORESBY, June 26 AAP - Papua New Guinea police have demolished a settlement where three people were killed in State of Origin-related violence.

Fed: New OzCar attack falls flat as parliament breaks
After a week of Ozcar intrigue and Utegate aggro .. parliamentarians have gone on to their winter break .. after a last battle of words yesterday.

NSW: One dead, two serious after western Sydney shootout
SYDNEY, June 26 AAP - A man has been arrested following a gunfight in Sydney's southwest that killed a man and left two others injured.

NSW: One dead, two injured after being gunned down=3D2
Police locked down an area near the intersection of Henry Lawson Drive and Milperra Road, at Milperra, late on Thursday.

Eight Iran militiamen killed in vote unrest: Press TV
TEHRAN, June 25 AFP - Eight members of Iran's Basij militia have been killed in bloody clashes triggered by this month's disputed presidential election, the state-owned English-language channel Press TV said on its website on Thursday.

Qld: Drunk mum spat at principal, kneed him in groin: court
A court's been told a woman was so drunk that she couldn't recall punching .. spitting at and kneeing her daughter's school principal in the groin.

UK: British furniture store apologises over Iran tweets
LONDON, June 24, AFP - A British-based furniture chain apologised Wednesday after keywords relating to the current unrest in Iran appeared in Twitter messages promoting offers in its shops.

MID: Riot police disperse Tehran demonstrators
TEHRAN, Iran June 24 AFP - A large presence of Iranian riot police and a volunteer militia deterred demonstrators trying to gather near parliament in Tehran on Wednesday, a witness said.

US: Rudd, Obama swap notes on North Korea
WASHINGTON, June 24 AFP - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has spoken with US President Barack Obama about implementing nuclear sanctions against North Korea, the White House said on Wednesday.

MID: Khamenei insists Iran will not back down over vote
by Jay Deshmukh

US: Obama to send new ambassador to Syria as Iran falters
by Lachlan Carmichael

MID: Arabs vow to support Obama's Mideast peace drive
CAIRO, June 24, 2009 (AFP) - Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo vowed on Wednesday to support US President Barack Obama's Middle East peace efforts, but said normalisation with Israel depends on its halting settlement activity.

Fed: Turnbull acting like a toddler: Tanner
The Rudd government's accused MALCOLM TURNBULL of acting like a three-year old girl with a tantrum .. by refusing to co-operate with police investigations into the OzCar affair.

US: Rudd, Obama swap notes on North Korea
KEVIN RUDD has spoken with US President BARACK OBAMA about implementing nuclear sanctions against North Korea.

MID: Seinfeld star pushes comedy cure for Mideast
JERUSALEM, June 24 AP - Seinfeld star Jason Alexander told a crowd in Jerusalem on Wednesday that the search for an Israeli-Palestinian solution and the "show about nothing" that launched him to fame have one thing in common - neither seemed destined to succeed.

US: Obama wrote to Iran's supreme leader in May: report
WASHINGTON, June 24 AFP - President Barack Obama's administration wrote to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei before the disputed elections offering to improve relations, a report said on Wednesday.

EUR: 35,000-year-old flute oldest instrument ever found
PARIS, June 24 AFP - Stone Age humans may have ripped raw meat from the bone with their teeth but they also played music, according to a study reporting the discovery of a 35,000-year-old flute, the oldest instrument known.

MID: Iran should free detained journalists, bloggers: watchdog
VIENNA, June 24 AFP - Media watchdog IPI called on Iran Wednesday to stop jailing reporters and bloggers, and release those already detained after disputed elections that have led to widespread protests around the country.

EUR: 35,000-year-old flute oldest instrument ever found
Stone Age humans may have ripped raw meat from the bone with their teeth but they also played music .. according to a study reporting the discovery of a 35-thousand-year-old flute .. the oldest instrument known.

US: Fed keeps near-zero rates, sees gradual rebound
WASHINGTON, June 24 AFP - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday held its base rate near zero, as it predicted a "gradual resumption of sustainable economic growth" without inflationary pressures.

EUR: Norway suspends whaling as demand met: whalers
OSLO, June 24 AFP - Norwegian whalers have suspended their hunt mid-season this year with less than half the quota of 885 whales killed because demand is saturated, a fisheries organisation said on Wednesday.

Fed: Turnbull dusts himself off and fights on
CANBERRA, June 24 AAP - The animosity between Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the parliament is palpable.

US and Iran: decades of bad blood
WASHINGTON, June 23 AFP - Key events in ties between Iran and the United States:

GULF: Iran rules out scrapping vote as Obama questions results
TEHRAN, June 23 AFP - Iran has ruled out overturning the disputed presidential election as US President Barack Obama says there are significant questions about the poll's legitimacy and condemns the crackdown on post-election protests.

US: US clean energy law key to global economy: Obama
WASHINGTON, June 23 AFP - US President Barack Obama says landmark legislation before Congress pushing for clean energy will enable the country to spearhead the 21st century global economy.

Fed: Aust calls for whales to be spared death
CANBERRA, June 23 AAP - Australia has used a global forum to call for an end to lethal scientific research on whales.

Fed: We don't know who wrote fake email: Hockey
CANBERRA, June 23 AAP - The opposition has no insight into who authored the fake email at the centre of the OzCar affair, the coalition's treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says.

NSW: Solar users to be paid for excess energy, NSW govt
SYDNEY, June 23 AAP - Solar-savvy households will be paid up to $900 a year to generate their own electricity under a NSW government plan to boost renewable energy.

NSW: Three boats catch fire on mid-north coast
SYDNEY, June 23 AAP - A man has suffered facial burns after three boats caught fire at a NSW marina.

NSW: Former MP to appeal child sex case
Former New South Wales MP MILTON ORKOPOULOS will appear in a Newcastle court today .. to appeal against his conviction and sentence for multiple child sex offences.

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