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How Australia woke to the news

Fatal wildfires have ripped through the Australian state of Victoria.

Some fires are being treated as arson, which Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said equated to "mass murder".

On the morning the death toll reached more than 170, this is how ABC News broadcast the news to viewers of its breakfast programme.

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