Parliament House bushfire smoke
(Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Australia's fires have created a literal smokescreen for politics, with the crisis rightfully dominating our attention and headlines.

While the country queued for face masks, here are some of the bills and policies the federal government tried (and occasionally failed) to push through.

✖ Drug testing welfare recipients: As the first fires sparked up in September, the government’s plan to drug test welfare recipients was put on hold after Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie refused to back it until greater resources are given to rehab facilities.