Fires 'not due to climate change'
Published 25/10/2013 | 06:51
The Australian government has staunchly rejected arguments that wildfires ravaging parts of the country's east following a record hot start to the current spring season are the result of climate change.
The blazes around Sydney in New South Wales state after an extraordinarily dry winter and the hottest September in the region on record have rekindled the climate change debate in Australia and internationally.
Environment minister Greg Hunt backed his prime minister, saying no individual event could be linked to climate change.