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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Australia Hits Back

CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's conservative government, reeling from a damaging ethics scandal, went on the offensive Monday, accusing one key Labor politician of dubious travel expenses and others of perverting justice.

Amid rowdy scenes in parliament, Prime Minister John Howard and senior ministers attacked Labor over its own travel claims and failure to act against past abuses when it was in power.

Howard also announced that a sixth person, a senior official from his department, had quit over the affair.