Leaving aside the bad maths, there's no doubt that this was a genuine mistake, derived from an earlier article Down Under.
But why, I ask, does the story remain live, even long after readers have spotted the error, thence to be replicated across other news outlets?
I mean, a house doubling in value over a dozen years is feasible enough, but a near-tenfold increase?
Take it down, guys!
And indeed most British tabloids have been guilty of publishing untruths, from The Sun (Hillsborough), to the News of the World (all kinds of stuff)...heck, even one of the respected broadsheets once printed excerpts from Hitler's diaries, which of course proved to be a hoax.
I'm getting off track.
Genuine mistakes are one thing. We all make plenty of them, and that's no biggie. More concerningly, however, today we got this from News:
"A column in published on Wednesday cited a one-bedroom apartment in Melbourne recently selling for $161,000.