Statement from Minister for Defence 7 March

Department of Defence

On the advice of her cardiologist, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds will extend her medical leave to April 2.

On Tuesday March 2 Senator Reynolds was re-assessed by her cardiologist in relation to a preexisting medical condition, which had earlier required her to take a brief period of leave.

The day after that consultation Senator Reynolds was issued a medical certificate which extended her leave until April 2.

Senator Reynolds has advised Prime Minister Scott Morrison of her doctor’s assessment and will continue to consult with the Prime Minister as required.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has also been advised of the situation and will continue to act as Defence Minister until Senator Reynolds returns.

Senator Reynolds is recuperating well and looks forward to resuming her duties as Defence Minister as soon as possible.

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