Can­berra, Aus­tralia

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Af­fair row: Aus­tralian politics has been thrown into tur­moil by a dra­matic row be­tween the Lib­eral PM, Mal­colm Turn­bull, and his Na­tional Party deputy, Barn­aby Joyce, over the lat­ter’s ex­tra-mar­i­tal af­fair with a for­mer staffer who is now ex­pect­ing his baby. Last week, Turn­bull an­nounced a ban on min­is­ters hav­ing re­la­tion­ship with mem­bers of their staff and ac­cused Joyce of cre­at­ing a “world of woe” with his af­fair, while there were calls for him to re­sign. Joyce re­sponded by ac­cus­ing the PM of mak­ing “in­ept” and “un­nec­es­sary” com­ments that had only caused his fam­ily “fur­ther harm”.

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