'Scandal' exposed as plot to weaken Australian PM

A tumultuous year in Australian politics has ended with a court ruling that senior opposition figures conspired with a former political staffer to undermine Julia Gillard’s minority Labor government by bringing sexual harassment charges against the then parliamentary Speaker, Peter Slipper.

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Carry on camping

Holiday parks go well beyond a tent pitch or caravan – now you can expect swimming pools, circus skills, nature walks and even spa facilities

The Big Six: Luxury Parisian spas

Experience Turkish tradition at this women-only spa. Mosaic tiles and colourfully patterned doors provide the background for four treatment stages: acclimatise and shower in the warm room; unwind in the steam and Jacuzzi area; have your knots pummelled with an Argan oil and hot rock massage; and sip mint tea in the pastel-coloured relaxation room. There's also a Moroccan restaurant.