Husar loses Shorten’s sup­port but fights on

The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION - RICHARD FER­GU­SON

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.

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