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(Image: AAP/Bianca De Marchi)

Australia was once -- just a few months ago -- a carefree nation abundant with wildlife and bushland. Now, we are the nation on fire. And the world is watching on in horror.

Just how are we perceived abroad -- and what effect will the bushfires have on our economy? 

Concerts cancelled and campuses closed

Australia is known for its large-scale sporting events, world-renowned universities and epic music festivals (well, everywhere outside NSW at least).