The presidential pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey has become an annual event, but the peace pact between the fowl and the White House is a relatively new thing. And in fact, a few presidents actually ate their guests!
The first president to unofficially pardon a turkey was Abraham Lincoln, who instructed the White House to save a bird given to the president. Lincoln’s son had grown fond of the bird (and the president was a big animal lover).
But Lincoln didn’t start a tradition, and neither did President Harry S. Truman, who is often credited as the father of the presidential turkey pardon. (NationalConstitution Center)
Queensland crop farmers need "enhanced" legal protections for their lands and livelihoods against sinking caused by coal seam gas production, a regulator says.The state's Gasfields Commission has recommended a legal overhaul in a report released on Monday after a probe into the impacts of subsidence on the Condamine plain, west of Toowoomba.
The Queensland premier will seek "adequate compensation" for any federal intervention in energy markets that hits the state's income.Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will meet with state premiers at national cabinet on Wednesday, with a cap on wholesale coal and gas prices expected to be a priority agenda item in an attempt to lower power bills.
Sky-high living costs continue to crush household budgets, with a monthly inflation gauge picking up pace again.The one per cent lift in November recorded in the Melbourne Institute's monthly inflation gauge follows smaller increases in October and September.
X and Y chromosome. Nathan Devery/ShutterstockThe sex of human and other mammal babies is decided by a male-determining gene on the Y chromosome. But the human Y chromosome is degenerating and may disappear in a few million years, leading to our extinction unless we evolve a new sex gene. The good news is two branches of rodents have already lost their Y chromosome and have lived to tell the tale. A new paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows how the spiny rat has evolved a
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has urged Ukrainians to be patient and strong in resisting the rigours of winter, as officials press ahead with efforts to restore power and other services knocked out by Russian air strikes.Russia has been pounding Ukraine's power infrastructure since early October, causing blackouts and leaving millions without heating as temperatures plummet.
Up to 70,000 new homes could be built in NSW as parts of the state are rezoned, with the premier saying he's "throwing everything at getting more houses built" as the cost of living continues to bite."Working with councils, rezoning is one important lever that we are pulling to get the ball rolling on more housing supply across our state," Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Monday.
A trucking boss charged over the deaths of four Victoria Police officers will still face trial on the Supreme Court despite the manslaughter charges being dropped.Connect Logistics manager Simiona Tuteru, 51, was due to stand trial in Victoria's Supreme Court last month charged over the deaths of the officers in the April 2020 Eastern Freeway collision.
The 15-month jail term for a climate activist who blocked the Sydney Harbour Bridge is "pleasing to see" , says NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, as activists rallied around the country in support of the protester.Deanna "Violet" Maree Coco was sentenced in the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday for blocking peak-hour traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in April.
The New Zealand government is set to propose a law requiring large technological platforms like Google and Meta (Facebook) to pay media companies for publishing and sharing their news, like they do in Australia and Canada."It's not fair that the big digital platforms like Google and Meta get to host and share local news for free.
The English and maths curriculum will be overhauled in NSW schools to include a back-to-basics emphasis on grammar, punctuation, syntax and core numeracy.Education Minister Sarah Mitchell released the new school syllabuses on Monday, saying it would require a teaching overhaul.
A royal commission will investigate New Zealand's COVID-19 response, with Jacinda Ardern tapping Australian-based epidemiologist Tony Blakely to lead the review.The prime minister announced the commission on Monday, saying "the highest form of public inquiry is the right thing to do".
A 14-year-old girl has died after she and another teenage girl were attacked by an unidentified man on their way to school in southwestern Germany, local broadcaster SWR reports, citing police.A police spokesperson had earlier confirmed a media report that two girls had been injured in an attack in Illerkirchberg, a town of about 5000 people west of Munich.