/ 25 February 2021

Defence minister in cardiac scare

A last-minute cancellation of a highly-anticipated National Press Club address was unavoidable yesterday as Defence Minister Linda Reynolds was admitted to hospital on her cardiologist’s advice. She remains on medical leave following 10 days of pressure over whether she responded appropriately to former staffer Brittany Higgins’s claims of sexual assault. Reynolds was due to deliver a speech and face questions from the media on the same day Higgins made a formal statement to police. Higgins took to Twitter to wish her former boss well, as did MPs from across the parliament. But the cancellation meant the Press Club kitchen had to get creative with some surplus gourmet lobsters

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