Labor dumps Husar for election
Emma Husar said yesterday she was disappointed that NSW Labor had officially dumped her — a day after the MP declared in Parliament that she was neither a thief nor a bully.
The State Administrative Committee met yesterday and “resolved to withdraw its endorsement” of the sitting member as the ALP candidate for the Federal seat of Lindsay in next year’s election.
The NSW branch has referred the preselection of Labor’s new candidate to the national executive, meaning there will not be a rank and file ballot.
“Deeply disappointed that my endorsement for Lindsay has been withdrawn,” Ms Husar tweeted. “I have not been advised as to the reasons . . . I’ll await this advice in the interests of procedural fairness and in the meantime I’ll consider my options.”
The Western Sydney MP earlier said: “I will be challenging the validity of this decision.”
Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten believes Ms Husar should not contest the election.
Ms Husar announced in August she would not run after allegations were levelled against her of bullying and sexual harassment. But she revealed last week she was eager to re-contest the seat.
A Labor investigation found Ms Husar had mistreated her electorate staff but did not find evidence to support claims of sexual harassment or of her flashing a Federal MP.