Australian prime minister's approval rating slumps to 37 per cent after bushfires

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"There is obviously a need for a national review of the response", Mr Morrison claimed in a meeting with ABC.

"We have heard the message loud and clear from the Australian people", Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Monday, when asked about the poll result as he announced a 50 million Australian dollar wildlife protection fund.

"This has created, I think, an environment where the people for the first time, I think arguably, have wanted to see a more direct involvement of the Federal Government in responding to these national disasters", he said.

There was no margin of error for the survey, which surveyed 1,505 people from Wednesday to Saturday, although it was around 2.5 percentage points in previous surveys.

The survey was conducted after Morrison announced a $ 2 billion Australian forest fire recovery fund ($ 1.4 billion) and summoned 3,000 army reservists to support state emergency workers, responses that were deemed too slow.

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Conditions eased over the weekend with showers forecast for NSW over the next few days.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service was quoted as saying that if the forecast is accurate, "then this will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one".

There is "no doubt" that climate change is increasing the risk of wild fires around the world, researchers said today, as Australia's government faces criticism for denying devastating bush fires are definitively linked to global warming.

Meanwhile, German engineering company Siemens says it will review its involvement in an Australian coal mine after pressure from climate activists.

The money will go to threatened species, including koalas, and will also be used to restore damaged animal habitats.

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"Australia has measurably warmed by more than a degree".

Across New South Wales, 111 fires were still burning on Sunday, 40 of them not yet contained, but none at emergency level. They are very emotional environments.

"Fire weather does occur naturally, but is becoming more severe and widespread due to climate change", said professor Richard Betts, a co-author of the paper, and head of climate impacts Research at the Met Office Hadley Centre.

The wildfires now ravaging Australia are "unprecedented" according to analysis by the World Resources Institute, which found there were about four times more fire alerts in 2019 than in any other year in the past two decades.

Westpac estimated total bushfire losses to date at about A$5 billion, higher than the 2009 bushfires in Victoria but smaller than the Queensland floods in 2010/11.

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