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In the war of words that has surrounded the bushfire crisis, the status and role of climate change has been very much to the fore. In this context, I decided to investigate exactly what the PM has said -- and not said -- about this issue.

What was analysed

My linguistic study involved analysis of the transcripts of all the PM’s media communications during the height of the emergency (December 29 to January 6) as posted on the government’s website.

These communications included six press conferences, four media releases, five radio/TV interviews and two speeches at official functions. The total number of prime ministerial words analysed was 36,500.