Australia news live: Craig Kelly’s exit from Liberals prompts leadership talk among Nationals


Greg Hunt is asked about Linda Reynolds and reads from the statement her office put out.

He then adds:

I had some prior notification that she may have had an illness. I was not aware of the nature of it and, honestly, I think in this situation, we have to remind ourselves that this is the most intense, arguably, environment in Australia.

There are many intense environments and all of us need to be aware of the pressures and pains, the impact of each of us on each other so reaching out and she is a good person and so she needs our support as she has our support.

Greg Hunt:

Firstly, the nurse on the scene stepped in and I want to thank her for her strength of character and her professionalism.

Secondly, the contractor has stood down, the doctor in question, from the program.

Thirdly, the monitoring of the patients – which is the most important thing – has been ongoing, the partnership between the Commonwealth facility and Queensland Health and I want to thank Queensland Health and in particular the Queensland Chief Health Officer as well as the Queensland minister.

She and he were in contact late last night and early this morning. And in particular the Chief Medical Officer has engaged in the early incident work and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Australia, Professor Paul Kidd, an esteemed general practitioner, will review the events, make any recommendations, but every participants can only participate in providing vaccinations so long as they have had the training and so we will examine what were the circumstances…

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