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Greens deputy leader announces leave of absence

Scott Ludlum leave of absence to treat depression
Greens deputy leader Scott Ludlam will take a leave of absence to takes leave of absence to treat depression, anxiety. Photo: AAP
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Greens senator Scott Ludlam will take a leave of absence from Parliament to treat depression and anxiety.

In a statement, the West Australian senator said he had been dealing with his mental health for some time.

“I will return to work as soon as I’m able to give the commitment the work demands,” he said.

Mr Ludlam said his office would continue to work for his constituents and work with his colleagues to manage his portfolio responsibilities.

“I am fortunate to be getting the very best of care from my friends and family and my health professionals,” he said.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale responded to the announcement on Twitter, where he wished his “dear friend and colleague all the best for a speedy recovery”.

“We love you Scott,” he said.

Tasmanian Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson said: “We are all with you @SenatorLudlam. We are all proud of you. Can’t wait to see you feeling well again.”

Senator Ludlum, the Greens deputy leader, has been granted a pair until the end of the year.

– ABC

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