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Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

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Nicky Hamer (Minister Reynolds’ Office): +61 437 989 927

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24 February 2021

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, will take a period of medical leave.

This follows advice from her cardiologist relating to a pre-existing medical condition.

As a precautionary measure, Minister Reynolds has this morning been admitted to a Canberra Hospital.

The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison, this morning phoned Minister Reynolds to express his concern and sympathy, and to wish her a quick recovery.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, will be acting Minister for Defence until Minister Reynolds returns from leave.

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