Australian Prime Minister's approval rating scorched by forest fires

A burned koala looks at the camera

Morrison has been criticised heavily for his response to the months-long crisis - which included going on holiday to Hawaii, making a series of gaffes and misleading statements about his government's actions, and forcing angry victims to shake his hand.

"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.

"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.

Newspoll showed that Morrison's approval rating dropped 8 points to the lowest level since he assumed the leadership of the Liberal Party in August 2018.

The prime minister acknowledged the role of climate change.

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.

"If this BOM (Bureau of Metereology) rainfall forecast comes to fruition then this will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one".

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On Kangaroo Island in South Australia, the town of Kingscote has been cut off by the fires.

Two men were also killed in the fires at East Gippsland on New Year's Day.

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

New South Wales firefighters said they finally had the upper hand in the fight against the vast Gospers Mountain fire on Sydney's northwestern outskirts, which has been burning for nearly three months.

"The Dunns Road fire burning in southern NSW and the Green Valley-Corryong fire burning in NE Victoria have merged". They do not pose a threat, authorities say, despite being in an area hard to reach. "He was doing incredibly critical work", Hardman said at the time.

-Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services said on Sunday an out-of-control and unpredictable fire that is moving slowly in the state's south, poses a possible threat to lives and homes in the area. "This is obviously affected by the broader changes in climate", he said.

Bush fire conditions eased in Australia yesterday after a gruelling night for firefighters, with the authorities saying they expect at least a week of milder weather in which to step up defences against the huge blazes still burning.

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