Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton will be taking medical leave from parliament this week after injuring himself while doing home maintenance and undergoing surgery over the weekend.

As the New Daily is reporting, it is believed that Dutton’s bicep detached from the bone in his arm as he was reaching for a piece of timber while working on repairing a fence.

In a statement to Twitter, Dutton said that the injury required immediate surgery and would require a follow-up visit to an orthopaedic surgeon this week. He has said that Attorney-General Christian Porter would be acting in his place in his absence.

Last week, Labor confirmed that they would be pushing to have Dutton referred to the High Court to see if he was in breach of Section 44 of the constitution over a family trust he was part of that owned childcare centres that received payment from the government.

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