Here the new year started with the same concern.
Labour also overtook Morrison's Liberal-National Coalition on a two-party preferred basis, where votes for minor parties are distributed between the major parties, for the first time since Australia's election last May.
Twenty-eight people have died and thousands of homes have been lost in the nation's unprecedented fire disaster.
"Within 24 hours of those fires erupting, Premier Brumby of Victoria and I had agreed that the Victorian emergency services and the Australian Defence Force would work together like that in responding to the crisis and on top of that the federal Department of Human Services was to work like that with the Victorian agencies in providing emergency relief to affected families". It is feared that the situation will be worse.
Other workers repeated McLean's comments, saying that cooler temperatures and mild winds had finally given them a chance to make progress.
A wallaby eats a carrot after NSW's National Parks and Wildlife Service staff air-dropped them in wildfire-stricken areas around Wollemi and Yengo National Parks, New South Wales, Australia, on January 11, 2020.
The progress made by the crews came after a firefighter was killed by a falling tree.
"It is with great sadness that we confirm that a. firefighter from Parks Victoria has been involved in an incident while working on a fire in the Omeo area resulting in a fatality", Forest Fire Management Victoria Chief Fire Officer Chris Hardman said in a statement. Every state in Australia is affected by fire but the worst is New South Wales.
Authorities are using relatively benign conditions forecast in southeeast Australia for a week or more to consolidate containment lines around scores of fires that are likely to burn for weeks without heavy rainfall. Sydney's air quality reached a risky level in early December.
A burnt auto is seen among the charred trees in Lithgow, in New South Wales.
Nearly $30 million will go to boosting telehealth services and doubling the number of free psychological therapy sessions bushfire-affected people can access through Medicare.
A burnt bicycle lies on the ground in front of a house recently destroyed by wildfires on the outskirts of the town of Bargo in Sydney, Australia, on December 21, 2019.
"Also the Prime Minister acknowledging how much anxiety is in the community, which has been watching this bushfire crisis evolve over the past few months and knowing that we're still in summer ... is an interesting sort of concession".
Morrison rejected criticism that his government had not done enough before the wildfire season started, but he admitted that once the fires started, some responses could have been different.
Mr Morrison told Speers the bushfire zones "are sensitive, emotional environments" and that there are things on the ground he could have handled differently.
Dale McLean, who helps cope with the response to a fire near the city of Bodalla in the state of New South Wales, was part of a team that knocked down small trees and burned down scrubbers before the planned path of the fire to try to do that Prevent fire from reaching a main road by starving it from fuel.
"I had to change that arrangement because I was supposed to be on my way to India for that visit to see Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister, and then [Japan] Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe", he said. Thousands of protesters rallied late Friday in Sydney and Melbourne, calling for Morrison to be fired and for Australia to take tougher action on global warming.