Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Australian prime minister's approval rating goes up in flames

Australian prime minister's approval rating goes up in flames

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison's approval ratings have nosedived as he faces widespread anger over his handling of the deadly bushfire crisis, according to a poll released Monday.

Despite cooler weather and rainfall providing some relief in some bushfire-affected areas this week, nearly 150 fires were still burning in worst-hit New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, the huge continent's most populated regions.

At least 27 people have been killed and more than 25.5 million acres of land burned this fire season in Australia.

"This fire took a major run about seven or eight days ago, and with the weather changing now, the weather settling down, the fire has settled down", said Dale McLean, a firefighter in New South Wales. Our party room has a wide range of views, "Morrison said of government members who oppose current climate science".

Morrison had also come under fire for taking a family vacation to Hawaii as Australians back home struggled with the blaze.

"The Federal Government's climate change policies are sensible and they are proportional to our 1.3 per cent contribution to global emissions", Mr Pitt said.

If that forecast bears out, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said it would be "all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one".

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Summer in Australia - situated in the southern hemisphere- which lasts from December to February is known for low humidity, winds and very high temperatures.

It's so unusual that many states have declared an emergency, including New South Wales, which is where most people live. Authorities say the area received some rain during the day, but this did little to improve conditions.

"I feel very proud to work for an organization who is willing to stand up and take action on climate change", Glen Schlehuber, Tiffany & Co.'s vice president and managing director for Australia and New Zealand, told Australia's AdNews.

According to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, some parts of the country could see up to 50 millimeters of rain next week, which could greatly dampen some of the fires.

Temperatures are expected to soar into the 40s on Friday across Victoria's fire-ravaged East Gippsland and north-east before a cool change arrives in the afternoon, and four evacuation alerts have been issued for the area as communities brace for another horror fire day.

"After lightning started the fire on October 26, it has burnt through more than 512,000 hectares across the Lithgow, Hawkesbury, Hunter Valley, Cudgegong, Blue Mountains, and Central Coast local government areas", the Hawkesbury RFS said on Facebook.

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