Linda Reynolds taking medical leave amid Brittany Higgins rape allegations

Linda Reynolds taking medical leave amid Brittany Higgins rape allegations
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Under-fire Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has been admitted to hospital and will take medical leave, after a week of pressure over her handling of an alleged rape in her office.

“This follows advice from her cardiologist relating to a pre-existing medical condition,” a statement issued on Wednesday morning says.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds during Question Time last week.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

The statement says the minister will take a period of medical leave.

Senator Reynolds has been under pressure after former staffer Brittany Higgins went public last week with allegations she was raped by a colleague in the minister’s office in March 2019. The minister has faced repeated questions from political opponents and journalists over what she knew about the incident and when.



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