Linda Reynolds taking medical leave amid Brittany Higgins rape allegations
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.
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.