Despite the warnings, little action appears to have been taken, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has faced growing discontent from the public as the crisis has only worsened in recent weeks.
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Bushfires have now been burning for almost three months, killing 28 people, claiming at least 2000 homes and raging across 10.3 million hectares of land and decimating wildlife.
But despite the government now having a "new appetite" to take on a more direct role in the reaction to the fires, Morrison's words won't be much of a comfort for everyone.
"The fact is that bushfires don't recognize state and territory boundaries", Albanese told reporters, according to a transcript provided by his media office.
"This is a longer-term risk framework model which deals with one of the big issues in response to the climate changing", Morrison said.
"We want to reduce emissions and do the best job we possibly can and get better and better at it", he said.
Dr Holmes said: "This isn't just about cyclical drought which politicians like to use to normalise the current situation ("we have always had droughts"), but about the fact that southern and inland areas of Australia are becoming much drier in a way that is overwhelming typical variability".
"In hindsight, I would not have taken that trip knowing what I know now", Morrison said.
"Prime Ministers are flesh and blood too, in how they engage with people", Morrison said.
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Morrison was pressed on whether the bushfire crisis would prompt a rethink of the Coalition's climate policies, and specifically whether the government would increase its 2030 emissions reduction target.
SBS understands that a difference between both responses was that the Morrison government enforced a compulsory call out where "all reservists selected must endeavour to participate", which required approval from the governor general. At least 28 people have died due to this fire.
Image: A firefighter keeps an eye on a controlled fire as they work at building a containment line at a wildfire near Bodalla, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.
This comes as reports say 2 fires on the border of the states of New South Wales and Victoria merged into a single massive blaze on Saturday.
Since October, thousands of Australians have been subjected to repeat evacuations as huge and unpredictable fires scorched more than 10.3 million hectares, an area roughly the size of South Korea.
Meanwhile, the Australian Council of Social Service welcomed the mental health spending but urged the government to boost disaster recovery payments and allowances and review the affordability of insurance.
Many have pointed to climate change as a major cause of the country's devastating fires, and have blamed successive conservative governments in Australia for inaction. The government is providing A$76 million (S$71 million) in areas including counselling and healthcare consultations. Australian authorities said the next few hours could be "very, very challenging" even as rain poured down in some parts. The burnt terrain is more than twice the extent of that ravaged by last year's fires in Brazil, California and Indonesia combined.
He said there was a new normal and Australia needed to adapt to it and build resilience.
A minority of the fires are deliberately lit, according to state authorities.