Husar loses Shorten’s support but fights on
Labor MP Emma Husar vowed to fight for her political career after she was abandoned by Bill Shorten and the NSW Labor Party yesterday.
NSW Labor’s administrative committee withdrew its endorsement of Ms Husar for the next election and referred preselection for her marginal seat of Lindsay to the party’s national executive yesterday afternoon, after the federal Opposition Leader said he did not want her to run again.
“I will be challenging the validity of this decision because I believe it is inconsistent with the party’s own rules,” Ms Husar told The Weekend Australian.
“But more than that, it is inconsistent with the Labor Party’s values. It is a disgraceful day in this country when a hardworking woman’s career is ended by slutshaming in the media.”
Ms Husar’s decision to fight on leaves open the possibility that she will run as an independent and cause electoral pain to Mr Shorten as he tries to sweep up western Sydney seats at the next election.
Ms Husar would not comment on either Mr Shorten or the possibility of defecting from Labor.
She stepped aside as Labor’s candidate for Lindsay after she was hit with a litany of bullying and sexual harassment allegations. She is now suing BuzzFeed for publishing the initial articles.
Ms Husar told the House of Representatives on Thursday that she was “slut-shamed” by a series of articles by BuzzFeed journalist Alice Workman that detailed allegations by Ms Husar’s former staffers of bullying . BuzzFeed also reported an allegation that the MP had made a lewd gesture in proximity to ALP frontbencher Jason Clare.