Linda Reynolds to quit at end of term

WA senator and former defence minister Linda Reynolds will retire from politics following the next election, saying that political parties must be “renewed” (ABC).

Reynolds announced on Monday she would not be seeking candidacy at the next federal election and will step down after the senate term comes to an end in June 2025.

She is currently involved in defamation action against Brittany Higgins and her fiance, David Shiraz, after comments made on social media (WAToday).

Meanwhile, shadow minister for veterans’ affairs and former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce’s position on the Coalition’s front bench continues to be under question after the emergence of footage of him lying on a Canberra footpath and swearing into his phone (The Guardian).

Joyce admitted he had made a “big mistake” and that the incident was the result of combining alcohol and prescription drugs.

Nationals frontbencher Anne Webster said she was concerned Joyce’s behaviour could harm the party’s standing in the electorate, particularly among women voters (The Age).