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Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks given the go-ahead as popular nearby shows are axed

Sydney’s mayor has been criticised, with suggestions the city was “crackers” to go ahead with a fireworks display as bushfires rage.

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Victorian authorities issue evacuation order for East Gippsland

Tens of thousands of people across an area “half the size of Belgium” in Victoria’s east have been issued a dire warning to evacuate as fire continues to close in.

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Man charged over deliberately lighting two fires as conditions worsen

Just as a heatwave is about to hit fire-affected parts of Australia, police have arrested a man who emerged from bushland covered in soot.

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Teen girl left for dead in Christmas Day hit-run

An 18-year-old girl is in hospital after being left for dead in a Christmas Day hit-run on the Sunshine Coast.

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NSW Bushfires: Volunteer firefighters in government jobs to get paid leave

Volunteer firefighters who work in government jobs will get at least four weeks paid leave to help fight bushfires.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the move while visiting parts of South Australia which have been devastated by bushfires.

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Boy who was missing for years has been found alive in a suspected paedophile’s cupboard

Police have found a 15-year-old boy alive in the cupboard of a suspected paedophile’s flat, years after he disappeared.

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Australia fires: Death toll rises as fires sweep across three states

One person has died and another is missing as wildfires continue to burn across three Australian states.