Sydney’s mayor has been criticised, with suggestions the city was “crackers” to go ahead with a fireworks display as bushfires rage.
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.
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.
An 18-year-old girl is in hospital after being left for dead in a Christmas Day hit-run on the Sunshine Coast.
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.
Police have found a 15-year-old boy alive in the cupboard of a suspected paedophile’s flat, years after he disappeared.
One person has died and another is missing as wildfires continue to burn across three Australian states.