Two Morrison ministers in hospital

FEDERAL POLITICS:

Two senior federal cabinet ministers have been admitted to hospital after sustaining serious neck injuries and medical experts believe more may follow in coming days.

It was revealed this morning that the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, has been undergoing treatment in the neck and spinal unit of a major Sydney hospital since Friday.

Greg Hunt’s office also announced this morning that the Minister for Health was rushed to a Melbourne hospital late last night after sustaining what was believed to be major neck trauma. (main picture)

A spokesperson for Mr Taylor said the Minister was being treated at St Vincent’s Hospital for a neck injury (pictured) that occurred during a telephone interview last Friday with the ABC’s Radio National Breakfast program.

“The Minister was discussing initiatives under way to develop Australia’s developing hydrogen fuel industry and other low-emission fuels,” the spokesperson explained.

“But in the middle of the interview, host Cathy Van Extel, threw in a question about Thurday night’s  announcement by WA Premier Mark McGowan that he was deferring the reopening of his state’s borders as part of his ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the omicron variant.

“We believe that it was in the moments following her question that the Minister’s injury occurred.”

Mr Hunt’s spokesperson said the Minister was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital late on Saturday after issuing a statement about Mr McGowan’s decision to extend WA’s border closures.

“The Minister had just signed off on the statement when he grabbed his neck, and fell to the floor in severe pain,” the spokesperson said. “So we immediately rang an ambulance and he was rushed to hospital where he is still in some discomfort and it looks like it may be a long road to recovery for him.”

Orthopaedic specialists contacted by The Bug said it was most likely that both Ministers had sustained a rare case of political whiplash.

“It’s a very serious injury that is caused by any sudden about-face in a person’s political position or argument and usually happens not long before an election,” a senior surgeon who did not wish to be identified said.

“I’d say if these two Ministers have sustained such an injury then it’s likely more people in the ranks of the Morrison Government might follow.

“I just hope there are sufficient ICU beds available if it becomes a widespread problem,” the surgeon said.