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Defence Minister Linda Reynolds checks into hospital as her former staff member Brittany Higgins prepares to report her alleged rape at Parliament House to police, a doctor has been stood down after two patients were given an overdose of a COVID-19 vaccine and Tiger Woods has been seriously injured in a horror car crash.

The search for more clues in the Gerard Ross murder case continues and we introduce you to the WA Labor candidates riding the wave of Premier Mark McGowan’s unprecedented pandemic popularity all the way into traditional Liberal strongholds.

Here are five must-read stories from The West Australian this morning.

Camera IconAustralian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has been hospitalised. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds checks into hospital

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has been hospitalised ahead of her address at the National Press Club today.

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It comes as her former staff member Brittany Higgins is due to speak with federal police about her alleged rape in Senator Reynolds office in 2019.

A statement from Senator Reynolds’ office said she had taken advice from her cardiologist who told her to take a period of medical leave.

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Two people have been hospitalised after receiving an overdose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Camera IconTwo people have been hospitalised after receiving an overdose of the coronavirus vaccine. Credit: News Corp Australia

Two patients given overdose of coronavirus vaccine

Two elderly people in a Queensland aged care home have been given four times the correct amount of the coronavirus vaccine.

The 88-year-old man and 94-year-old woman are being monitored in but are showing no signs of an adverse reaction.

Both patients are now in hospital.

Read the full story here.

Labor candidates from left to right - Jags Kirshnan (Riverton), Caitlin Collins (Hillarys), Stuart Aubrey (Scarborough) and Lisa Munday (Dawesville).
Camera IconLabor candidates from left to right – Jags Kirshnan (Riverton), Caitlin Collins (Hillarys), Stuart Aubrey (Scarborough) and Lisa Munday (Dawesville). Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

Meet the rookie Labor candidates set to make WA red

Meet the WA Labor candidates riding the wave of Premier Mark McGowan’s unprecedented pandemic popularity all the way into traditional Liberal strongholds.

A GP, a teacher, a paramedic and a fly-in, fly-out sparkie — all installed as near unbackable favourites by bookmakers in electorates that have rarely, if ever, voted red.

Such is the strength of Labor’s position on the eve of the March 13 ballot that not even Liberal leader Zak Kirkup — nor his predecessor Liza Harvey — are safe.

Read the full story here.

The search for clues in the Gerard Ross murder case continue.
Camera IconThe search for clues in the Gerard Ross murder case continue.

Gerard Ross: Dead suspect’s car may still provide clues

A model plane enthusiast and “red hot” suspect in the murder of Gerard Ross is dead, but detectives still have the car he drove at the time of the schoolboy’s abduction more than 23 years ago.

The local man came to police attention within weeks of the 11-year-old’s disappearance from Rockingham because he lived in the vicinity of where Gerard was last seen and could not provide an alibi for the time.

The man, then 46, was one of the more significant suspects “in the frame” for Gerard’s murder during the first year of the homicide investigation.

Read the full story here.

In this aerial image take from video provided by KABC-TV video, a vehicle rest on its side after a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes section of Los Angeles.
Camera IconIn this aerial image take from video provided by KABC-TV video, a vehicle rest on its side after a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes section of Los Angeles. Credit: AP

Tiger Woods badly injured after horror car crash

Tiger Woods has suffered leg injuries in a vehicle rollover in the Los Angeles area and is undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said.

His condition isn’t yet clear.

Woods had to be extricated from the vehicle with the “jaws of life” tools, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

No other cars were involved in the wreck that injured the golfer.

Read the full story here.

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