Australia’s worst-ever bushfires have thrust climate change into the political spotlight, but one of the country’s most powerful media conglomerates continues to deny the links between extreme weather events and climate change: Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
On January 2, following weeks of horrific losses and fatalities, newspapers around the world put Australia’s bushfires on their front pages.
But in Australia, The Australian – News Corp’s flagship newspaper – dedicated its front page to a photo of a new year’s day picnic, and its tabloid Herald Sun relegated the story to page four.
At that point, eight people had died in the bushfires, mass evacuations were underway from Victoria’s East Gippsland region, and the New South Wales (NSW) south coast had seen whole villages wiped out.
It is now believed that 28 people have died in the bushfires across three states since September 2019. More than a billion animals have been killed, over 2,000 houses lost, and at least 10 million hectares (24.7 million acres) burnt.