Sunday, June 13, 2021

Health minister admitted to hospital with suspected infection

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has been admitted to hospital with a suspected infection. Hunt received the AstraZeneca vaccine on the weekend but his office said his condition was not believed to be related to the vaccination.

A statement from the minister’s office says he will be kept overnight for observation and is being given antibiotics and fluid. “The minister is expected to make a full recovery,” it reads.

“His condition is not considered to be related to the vaccine.”

Hunt is now one of three ministers currently on leave. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds took sick leave late last month after she was admitted to hospital on the advice of her cardiologist.

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She had faced questioning over her handling of a rape allegation former staffer Brittany Higgins levelled against a colleague.

Attorney-General Christian Porter took leave last week after denying a historical rape allegation.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today he had a strong team that could cover the absences of Senator Reynolds and Mr Porter.

“The great thing about my team is one of my team, in this case, the Attorney or indeed the Defence Minister, if they’re unable to do their duties currently for health reasons, then I have wonderful people I can turn to,” he said.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne is currently filling in for Senator Reynolds and Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has taken on Mr Porter’s responsibilities.

The ABC understands there are currently no arrangements for another minister to take on Mr Hunt’s duties. Parliament sits for two weeks from next March 15.

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