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Australia saw hottest year on record in 2013

3 January 2014 Last updated at 13:20 GMT

Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, officials have said.

Temperatures were 1.2C above the long term average, the warmest since records began in 1910, the Bureau of Meteorology said in its annual report.

There has been criticism from environmentalists that the new conservative government is not doing enough to tackle climate change.

Jon Donnison reports.