Linda Reynolds admitted to hospital as controversy over Brittany Higgins escalates

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Linda Reynolds has been admitted to the Canberra hospital and will take a period of medical leave after more than a week of escalating controversy over whether she showed an appropriate duty care to her former staffer, Brittany Higgins.

The Australian defence minister was due on Wednesday to address the National Press Club, the same day Higgins was expected to make a formal statement to police detailing sexual assault allegations against a former colleague when both were employed by Reynolds in 2019.

But the minister’s office released a statement early in the day saying she would take a period of medical leave following “advice from her cardiologist relating to a pre-existing medical condition”.

“As a precautionary measure, Minister Reynolds has this morning been admitted to a…

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