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Nation on Fire

Independent coverage and insights into the hottest and deadliest bushfire season in Australian history

NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Dear PM, here's a Crikey guide to Matt Kean

Prime Minister Scott Morrison thinks his cabinet doesn't know who NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean is. But they should.

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Morrison's military response to bushfires sparks constitutional concerns

The legislation allowing Morrison to deploy troops for disaster relief was rushed through without much interrogation — but how constitutionally valid is it?

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Blowback: after the fires, will the politics of climate change actually change?

The death of science is fueling climate denialism across the class divide.

Minister for Science Karen Andrews (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The face of Scomo's climate evolution no stranger to party struggles

Science Minister Karen Andrews defiantly stands against her colleagues on climate change. But is she backing that up with any action?

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News Corp is trying to dictate a broken climate debate

What to do when your usual brand of climate denialism comes under fire? Find a new one, of course.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly on <em>Good Morning Britain</em> (Image: ITV)

Who speaks for us: Australia's international bushfire reps are a mixed bag

Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly isn't the only odd choice international media has made.

Most Australians ‘would hardly notice’ if we went coal free, say experts

Scott Morrison says coal is vital to the economy, but experts say we could phase out fossil fuel and life would go on as usual.

James Murdoch

Decoding News Corp: NT News tells it how it is on bushfires

Crikey decodes the front page of the NT News.

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On the other side of the world, a zoologist is counting The Australian's climate deniers

Of 306 letters to the editor addressing climate science, 67% were opposed to it.

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Blaming arsonists? All the evidence points to a smokescreen

Is arson primarily to blame for the bushfire crisis? Let's take a look at the evidence.