Australia news live: Linda Reynolds taken to hospital; Kelly’s exit from Libs prompts Nats leadership talk

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4.09am GMT

While this motion plays out (I am just getting the transcript) here is the open letter Emma Husar released today, to Anthony Albanese.

She spoke about it on Sky News earlier today, saying she could not stay silent:

A strong woman stands up for herself, then she stands up for others.
Thank you to all the women who are telling their stories. The Culture of silence is dangerous & exists on all sides of Politics.#auspol #BrittanyHiggins

4.05am GMT

Labor is immediately on the offensive over in the Senate.

The opposition asks whether the prime minister Scott Morrison retains confidence in defence minister Linda Reynolds, after she mistakenly told parliament on Tuesday that she had met with police twice about the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins.

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