La­bor dumps Husar for elec­tion

The West Australian - - NEWS -

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.

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