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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 Tuesday shapes as D-Day for Turnbull and ETS

CANBERRA, Nov 23 AAP - The future of Malcolm Turnbull's leadership and the government's emissions trading scheme may well be decided on Tuesday after five weeks of uncertainty.

Two crucial votes, one in the coalition partyroom, and one expected in the Senate this week possibly as early as Tuesday, hold the key to Mr Turnbull's grip on the helm of the party and the shape of the nation's action on climate change.


Feature Story Australia not starry-eyed about China - Smith

CANBERRA, Oct 26 AAP - Australia isn't starry-eyed about its relationship with China, acknowledging the differences that arise between a robust parliamentary democracy and a communist nation.

While the federal government took a realistic approach to the relationship, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said it was crucial to remember the importance of ties between China and Australia.


Feature Story Two more rate rises likely this year as jobless rate falls

CANBERRA, Oct 8 AAP - An unexpected fall in the jobless rate to a four month low of 5.7 per cent has hardened expectations for another two interest rate rises before Christmas.

Economists say such strength in the labour market has also raised question marks as to whether the federal government should continue with its stimulus measures.


Feature Story IMF upgrades point to substantial budget revisions

CANBERRA, Oct 1 AAP - Economists believe the latest optimistic upgrades to Australia's economic growth forecasts by the IMF suggest the federal government's projections are in need of a substantial revision.

In its latest World Economic Outlook, released in Istanbul on Thursday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) jacked up its Australian gross domestic product (GDP) forecasts.


Feature Story 'Your move' : Obama to world after engagement push

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 AFP - US President Barack Obama sent a clear message to the world on Wednesday: he is looking for payback for his swift action in ending an era of swaggering US unilateralism.

Obama's debut speech to the UN General Assembly marked a pivot point in the new administration's emerging foreign policy and an attempt to seek dividends from a new style of muscular engagement through multilateral fora.


Feature Story Obama scrapping missile shield for Czech, Poland

PRAGUE, Sept 17 AP - US President Barack Obama has decided to scrap plans for a US missile defence shield in the Czech Republic and Poland that had deeply angered Russia, the Czech prime minister confirmed on Thursday.

NATO's new chief hailed the move as "a positive step" and a Russian analyst said the move will increase the chances that Russia will cooperate more closely with the United States in the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.


Feature Story Early election on the table, Rudd hints

MELBOURNE, Sept 10 AAP - A double dissolution may be on the cards if the federal opposition does not pass its health insurance reforms, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has hinted.

The legislation, which would allow the government to means test private health insurance rebates for singles earning more than $75,000 a year and couples earning $150,000 a year, was defeated in the Senate on Wednesday night.


Feature Story Australian stimulus backed by G20 agreement, Swan says

LONDON, Sept 5 AAP - Australia's approach to economic stimulus has been supported by a renewed commitment from G20 nations to carry on with measures to boost the global economy despite signs of a recovery, Treasurer Wayne Swan says.

Speaking after a meeting of finance ministers from the G20 group of developed and developing countries in London on Saturday, Swan said Opposition calls to rein in stimulus spending are out of touch.


Feature Story Australian economy outperforms rest of world

CANBERRA, Sept 2 AAP - The Australian economy grew at its fastest pace in more than a year in the three months to June, buoyed by the federal government's stimulus measures and near record-low interest rates.

Australia is in better shape than other major advanced economies which have suffered at the hands of the global recession, but economists say this means the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is likely to lift interest rates sooner rather than later.


Feature Story Obama touts 'strong alliance' after Japan revolution

WASHINGTON, Aug 31 AFP - US President Barack Obama has called on Tokyo to maintain a strong alliance with Washington, while Asia-Pacific leaders have sought closer ties out of the historic shift in power after Japan's general election.

But Russia's politicians have sent mixed signals and analysts doubt Yukio Hatoyama's centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) will change much in relations with Moscow, despite his professed desire to improve ties.


Feature Story New solar rebate for houses, renters, businesses

CANBERRA, Aug 20 AAP - All households can get a rebate of up to $7,000 for solar panels under a scheme that passed parliament on Thursday.

And for the first time, there is a rebate for putting panels on the roofs of businesses and rental properties.


Feature Story Gorgon deal ties Aust economic destiny to China

CANBERRA, Aug 19 AAP - Australia's economic destiny will be tied to China for the next 20 years after a $50 billion gas deal left the massive Gorgon LNG project on the verge of development.

The $50 billion development of the Greater Gorgon gas fields off Western Australia is virtually assured after the signing of the deal with PetroChina.


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Main Feature Story
'Accurate and fast' internet filter gets govt green light

By Julian Drape Thu Dec 17 22:53:21 EST 2009 Thu Dec 17 11:53:21 UTC 2009

CANBERRA, Dec 15 AAP - The federal government is pushing ahead with its controversial plan to filter the internet, saying illegal material can be blocked "with 100 per cent accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed".

Labor will introduce legislation next year requiring all service providers to ban "refused classification" material hosted on overseas servers.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says RC material includes "child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence and the detailed instruction of crime and drug use".

"Most Australians acknowledge there is some internet content which is not acceptable in any civilised society," Senator Conroy told reporters in Melbourne after giving the mandatory filter the green light.

"It is important that all Australians, particularly young children, are protected from this material."

The list of banned sites will be maintained by an independent body "at arms length from the government".

Senator Conroy said the list would be "compiled through a public complaints mechanism", but the government will add sites containing "known child abuse material" obtained from "highly regarded international agencies".

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Cheap software helps Iraqi militants down US drones: report
WASHINGTON, Dec 17 AFP - Iraqi militants have regularly used cheap and widely-available software to intercept the feeds of US-operated drones, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

'Accurate and fast' internet filter gets govt green light
CANBERRA, Dec 15 AAP - The federal government is pushing ahead with its controversial plan to filter the internet, saying illegal material can be blocked "with 100 per cent accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed".

At last, Obama to roll out Afghan strategy
WASHINGTON, Dec 1 AFP - Barack Obama on Tuesday makes a globally awaited address on his new Afghan war plan and big troop surge strategy, shouldering the most perilous burden yet of a presidency defined by crises.

US stocks dip amid Dubai, retail worries
NEW YORK, Nov 30 AFP - US stocks drifted lower on Monday as Dubai debt crisis worries abated after the UAE central bank announced support for banks and traders weighed lacklustre Black Friday weekend holiday retail sales.

Peter Doherty sparks outrage in Germany over Nazi anthem
BERLIN, Nov 30 AFP - British rocker Peter Doherty was hauled off stage at a weekend music festival in Germany after he began singing the Nazi anthem, Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles, during his set, reports say.

Young people key to making world better place: Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama has called on young people to work to make the world a better place .. saying all individuals can make a change.

Private, public patients cost the same for Canberra
SYDNEY, Dec 1 AAP - A private hospital patient costs the federal government almost exactly the same as a non-insured patient treated in a public hospital.

Australia must adopt fairer tax system says Bernie Fraser
SYDNEY, Nov 30 AAP - Australia must adopt a fairer, more progressive tax system through reforms to capital gains tax and negative gearing allowances, former central bank governor Bernie Fraser says.

Aust's ETS debate is "entertaining", says US ambassador
PERTH, Nov 30 AAP - The US Congress is poised for the kind of "robust" debate on climate change policy now dominating Australian politics, says newly appointed US ambassador Jeffrey Bleich.

US senators to begin fractious health care reform debate
WASHINGTON, Nov 30 AFP - The US Senate is set to begin debate on a massive health care reform bill that is a key priority for President Barack Obama but faces stiff Republican opposition and is plagued by divisions in Democratic ranks.

Michael Moore warns Obama over Afghanistan
TOKYO, Nov 30 AFP - Filmmaker Michael Moore has urged President Barack Obama not to expand the war in Afghanistan, as Washington prepares to announce a surge of US troops in the conflict-torn nation.

Atom-smasher sets record energy levels: CERN
GENEVA, Nov 30 AFP - The world's biggest atom-smasher has set a world record by accelerating to energy levels that had never been previously reached, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Monday.

Hong Kong's carbon footprint 2nd highest in world: report
HONG KONG, Nov 30 AFP - Hong Kong has the second highest carbon footprint per capita in the world, due to the city's high consumption patterns and large volume of imports, according to a survey released in Norway.

UK confirms 500 more troops heading to Afghanistan
LONDON, Nov 30 AP - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office says he will confirm that 500 extra UK troops are heading to Afghanistan.

Senate report: Bin Laden was 'within our grasp'
WASHINGTON, Nov 29 AP - Osama bin Laden was unquestionably within reach of US troops in the mountains of Tora Bora when American military leaders made the crucial and costly decision not to pursue the terrorist leader with massive force, a Senate report says.

Letter to reveal Blair was told Iraq war 'illegal' - report
LONDON, Nov 29, AFP - The British government's chief legal adviser informed then prime minister Tony Blair in 2002 that deposing Saddam Hussein would contravene international law, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Fire threatening property at Torrington, in northern NSW
Six water bombers are battling a new fire front threatening rural properties in the north of New South Wales.

Dust haze eases for Sydney but Hunter still covered
SYDNEY, Nov 29 AAP - A dust haze across Sydney should completely clear on Sunday afternoon but the Hunter Valley is expected to be blanketed until evening.

60 fires still burning across NSW
SYDNEY, Nov 29 AAP - Cooler conditions in some parts of the state are helping firefighters get the upper hand over about 60 bushfires burning across NSW.

Obama welcomes Indian PM at start of state visit
WASHINGTON, Nov 24 AP - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the White House, opening an elaborate state visit that will include talks designed to overcome differences on climate change and US ties with Indian rivals China and Pakistan.

Obama hails 'indispensable' India on Singh state visit
WASHINGTON, Nov 24 AFP - US President Barack Obama hailed India as "indispensable" on Tuesday as he welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the White House on the first state visit of his presidency.

Norway unveils osmostic power plant, using salt to make electricity
TOFTE, Norway, Nov 24 AFP - Norway unveiled the world's first osmotic power plant on Tuesday, harnessing the energy-unleashing encounter of freshwater and seawater to make clean electricity.

US discussed overthrowing Saddam well before Iraq invasion
LONDON, Nov 24 AAP - Britain and the US were at odds over whether to overthrow dictator Saddam Hussein two years before the pair teamed up to invade Iraq in 2003, an inquiry has heard.

Obama Afghan strategy decision 'within days'
WASHINGTON, Nov 24 AFP - US President Barack Obama has concluded months of deliberations on whether to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan and will announce his decision within days, the White House said on Tuesday.

Wall Street surges to open week
US stocks have roared higher .. with traders focusing on a weak dollar that boosted commodities and other shares sensitive to greenback-linked movements.

Atom-smasher restart a 'success': scientists
GENEVA, Nov 23 AFP - Scientists on Monday hailed the restart of the the Large Hadron Collider as an "enormous success" as two beams began circulating simultaneously in the world's biggest atom-smasher.

James Hardie says US housing downturn near bottom
SYDNEY, Nov 23 AAP - James Hardie Industries NV says the downturn in the US housing market appears to be nearing the bottom as it looks forward to about an 18.8 per cent rise in full year underlying earnings.

Tuesday shapes as D-Day for Turnbull and ETS
CANBERRA, Nov 23 AAP - The future of Malcolm Turnbull's leadership and the government's emissions trading scheme may well be decided on Tuesday after five weeks of uncertainty.

Palin dines, prays with Rev. Billy Graham
MONTREAT, North Carolina, Nov 23 AP - Sarah Palin dined and prayed with the Reverend Billy Graham, who has counselled presidents and other politicians for decades.

Church of Scientology rejects allegations over girl's death
CANBERRA, Nov 23 AAP - The Church of Scientology has rejected allegations raised in federal parliament about the death of a 14-month-old girl nine years ago.

Alleged Fort Hood shooter paralyzed froom chest down: report
WASHINGTON, Nov 22 AFP - US Army Major Nidal Hasan, who is charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, earlier this month, is paralysed from the chest down and doctors believe his paralysis will be permanent, The Washington Post reported late on Sunday

Scientology still under hammer amid calls for inquiry
CANBERRA, Nov 23 AAP - For the three days leading up to soldier Edward McBride's suicide, his family say he was bombarded by telephone calls and texts from Church of Scientology members.

Parliament House protest
Police have given climate change protesters who are blockading Parliament House in Canberra 15 minutes to move away from the building's entrance .. but some are refusing to go.

IT would bring $28 bln in benefits for health:business
CANBERRA, Nov 23 AAP - A leading business lobby group is calling on the federal government to implement a national e-health strategy that would bring benefits of nearly $28 billion in its first eight years.

News Corp, Microsoft hold talks on locking out Google
LONDON, Nov 23 AFP - Microsoft has held talks with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp over a possible plan for the software giant to pay the media company to remove its news websites from Google, a report said on Monday.

Michael Jackson wins four American music awards
LOS ANGELES, Nov 22 AP - Michael Jackson has made history by winning four American Music Awards.

WA: Freddo frog charges withdrawn
PERTH, Nov 16 AAP - A 12-year-old Aboriginal boy has been awarded costs after charges involving the theft of a chocolate Freddo Frog were withdrawn in a West Australian court.

Petrol price down
CANBERRA, Nov 23 AAP - The average price of petrol has fallen for the first time in a month.

Support for Labor rebounds in latest Newspoll
SYDNEY, Nov 16 AAP - Support for Labor has rebounded in the latest Newspoll, with Kevin Rudd maintaining a strong lead as preferred prime minister despite Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull gaining some ground amid the asylum-seeker debate.

Labor to try again on private health insurance rebate
CANBERRA, Nov 16 AAP - The Rudd government is pushing ahead with its plan to means test the private health insurance rebate, with Labor to reintroduce the once-defeated legislation on Thursday.

ETS moves one step closer
CANBERRA, Nov 16 AAP - Australia has moved one step closer to having an emissions trading scheme after draft laws passed the lower house, as the government hinted there was more room to move on the coalition's wishlist of changes.

Police officer charged over alleged teen sex assault
SYDNEY, Nov 16 AAP - A 40-year-old NSW police officer has been charged after allegedly indecently assaulting a teenage girl while on duty in the Hunter Valley.

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