MP ‘as good as could be expected’

CANBERRA: Bridget Archer, the federal member for the Tasmanian seat of Bass, is recovering slowly in a private hospital here after Prime Minister Scott Morrison and several senior ministers expressed concern over her welfare.

“Ms Archer is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances,” a hospital spokesperson told The Bug.

Ms Archer was called into the PM’s office late on Thursday after she seconded a motion from Helen Haines, the independent member of Indi, calling on the House of Representatives to debate Haines’s private member’s bill for a federal corruption watchdog with teeth.

Ms Archer was taken to hospital after what Mr Morrison described as “friendly discussions” in his office during which he and other ministers lent a sympathetic ear to “a valued and much-loved colleague” as they tried to understand the rationale behind her actions and “to be as supportive of her as humanly possible under the circumstances, considering the Liberal Party is a broad church where differences of opinion are not only tolerated but encouraged, unlike the strict rules enforced on ALP members”.