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A targeted, coordinated online campaign has tried to mislead the public. While the myths have been debunked, the culpable parties remain unknown. SEAN DAVEY/AAP

Bushfires, bots and arson claims: Australia flung in the global disinformation spotlight

We found about 300 suspicious Twitter accounts, which we suspect included a high proportion of bots and trolls pushing the #ArsonEmergency narrative.
A firefighting helicopter tackles a bushfire near Bairnsdale in Victoria’s East Gippsland region, Australia. State Government of Victoria

How to monitor the bushfires raging across Australia

Here's how Australians and their overseas family and friends can monitor the movement of fire fronts in real time.
‘You have to think that with people like these very experienced, respected voices that the government would have to take the [climate change] debate seriously’, says Michelle Grattan about the calls from ex-fire chiefs for the government to act on climate change. DARREN PATEMAN/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the government’s response to the bushfires

Michelle Grattan and Professor Geoff Crisp discuss this week in politics.
As bushfires continue to burn across NSW and Queensland, the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have said policy arguments should be avoided until the immediate crisis has passed, but many disagree. Dan Peled/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals

Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals. The Conversation, CC BY49.3 MB (download)
In this podcast, David Littleproud says "as elected officials, we've got a responsibility" to wait for the right time to talk about the link between climate change and the ongoing bushfires.
Smoke haze from the bushfires in NSW drifted over Sydney on November 12. Paul Braven/AAP

How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?

Smoke from the bushfires has impacted air quality in affected and surrounding areas. To minimise any health risks, people with pre-existing medical conditions should take extra care.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison inspecting a burnt-out property in the Gold Coast hinterland in September 2019. Mr Morrison has offered “thoughts and prayers” to those affected by the fires. Dave Hunt/AAP

Mr Morrison, I lost my home to bushfire. Your thoughts and prayers are not enough

Fire officials warn that this week's catastrophic fire conditions are "where people die". Climate change has arrived, and politicians should drop the meaningless rhetoric.

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