Linda Reynolds admitted to hospital, cancels National Press Club appearance
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has been admitted to hospital and taken medical leave amid pressure over her handling of the rape allegation made by former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.
Senator Reynolds was due to give a much-anticipated speech at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday, where she was expected to face questions from journalists over her handling of Ms Higgins’ complaint.
Ms Higgins alleges she was raped by a male colleague inside the ministerial office of Senator Reynolds in March 2019, after security guards let the pair into Parliament House.
A statement from Senator Reynolds’ office said she had been admitted to a Canberra hospital following advice from her cardiologist relating to a pre-existing medical condition.
Ms Higgins on Wednesday responded to…