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Australia PM defends coal industry amid bushfire crisis

He says he is protecting jobs, but critics say coal and climate change have contributed to unprecedented bushfires continuing to burn.

Australia‘s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has used his first speech of the year to defend his country’s coal industry.

He says he is protecting jobs, but critics say coal and climate change have contributed to the unprecedented bushfires continuing to burn.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Canberra.