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Irate Husar staffers demand an apology from ALP head office

Irate Husar staffers demand apology from ALP head office

Former staffers of federal Labor MP Emma Husar want an apol­ogy from the NSW ALP’s head ­office, and for it to be acknowledged they were badly bullied by her, following an internal party report that said it “generally favoured” their “perception of events”.

Source: News Corp

Ex-staff among the 22 who gave evidence to an internal ALP investigation into Ms Husar’s conduct also yesterday accused Bill Shorten of double standards, claiming he was quick to brand workplace behaviour by former NSW ALP boss Jamie Clements as unacceptable but appeared to stand uncritically behind Ms Husar.

The Labor MP so far is sticking by her decision, announced last week, not to contest her seat at next year’s election. However, she also said on Friday, after the release of a report summary, that findings by barrister John Whelan for the NSW ALP should not have cost her her job.

A local party branch supporter of Ms Husar from her western Sydney electorate, real estate agent Peggy Willcox, has started a “Bring back Husar!” petition on change.org seeking names to be presented to the Opposition Leader with the request he keep Ms Husar as member for Lindsay.

Ms Willcox, recruited to the ALP by Ms Husar, said her political career had “unjustly come to an end”, highlighting Mr Whelan’s advice that “there was no basis for Ms Husar to resign from parliament”.

Turning the tables on Husar accusers, Ms Willcox says in her petition preamble: “We should be encouraging more women to enter parliament NOT bully them out!”

Representatives of former Husar staff who gave evidence to Mr Whelan said they were most disappointed with the report summary’s vague outcome and would request a meeting with the barrister. “We want to know in plain English what his findings are,” one said.

“We also want an apology. We haven’t heard anything from Labor NSW or Bill Shorten.

“No ‘Are you OK?’ Nothing. It is very distressing to us that Emma Husar seems to think she’s a ­victim in this.”

When Ms Husar announced she would not run at the next election, Mr Shorten said: “This has been a very difficult time for Emma and her family.”

After Friday’s report summary was released finding “merit” in allegations of “unreasonable management” and demands for “non-work” duties by Ms Husar, Mr Shorten appeared to continue his support. He said Ms Husar had made “the difficult ­decision” to give up a parliamentary career, putting family and party first.

When Mr Clements was forced to resign as NSW ALP general secretary in January 2016 over allegations he had sexually harassed a Labor staffer, Mr Shorten spoke out against bullying and took responsibility for the party boss’s exit by confirming he had “stepped in” because “I wanted NSW to fix it”.

He said then: “I have no tolerance for workplace harassment in any set of circumstances.”

Mr Clements spoke about the Husar affair at the weekend, posting a series of tweets in which he pointed blame for the end of Ms Husar’s political career at an unnamed person in the ALP for leaking a confidential letter, in which Mr Whelan had set out allegations damaging to Ms Husar.

“Labor people blaming the media for running it need to look a little closer to home and ask: who leaked it? That is who is in the wrong here,” he said.

ALP sources speculate someone on Ms Husar’s side leaked the letter several days before she announced she would not recontest her seat, and that she was unaware of the leaking.

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Pensioner Pete 13/08/2018, 6:01 am

    No matter what weasel words are being uttered within the internal ALP report into Ms Husar’s behavior, the staff and ex-staff suffering under her management would be well advised to launch legal actions for damages against Ms Husar personally and against the ALP.

    • Ian 13/08/2018, 7:46 am

      Maybe the snowflakes just can’t work in a real office and Husar was just being a manager?
      Maybe Husar is a tyrant and not someone who should be a manager?
      Who knows and who cares.
      The previous and current snowflakes will be out of work because the next labor candidate will not want anyone tainted in their office. And an out of work snowflake, from where I stand, is a good outcome. They can’t do much damage sitting at home on Centrelink. If they are smart they wouldn’t list their previous employer on their resume.

      • Pensioner Pete 13/08/2018, 7:52 am

        Ian: I am thinking that with this matter, should there be an embarrassing (for the ALP) legal case under way in the courts, it should be happening around the time of the next federal election, thus causing (hopefully) considerable damage to Labor electorally.

  • Lorraine 13/08/2018, 8:10 am

    as with all Labor and its Union bullies , move on nothing to see here. Or Look over there the Liberals are picking on us. Its the media’s fault, what a joke media is left of left and they have been told this Emma has to go.

  • Joe Blogs 13/08/2018, 8:22 am

    22 fewer votes for the ALP – plus family, friends and swingers who don’t tolerate fools and liars?

  • JG 13/08/2018, 10:35 am

    It is just amazing how two face Shorten slips and slimes around having a very flexible approach everything. The same bloke who never knows anything about Hasur or has not seen a report. What a load of bull. He is either dumb leader or a straight out crook. I think the latter.
    Union bullying standards of which Shorten is master but not applicable to selected ALP/Union personel, especially if they make up the number to keep him as leader.

  • Jack Richards 13/08/2018, 11:51 am

    The “Husar 22” should take civil action against her and the ALP. They have lost their livelihoods because of unendurable workplace bullying and harassment and Shorten’s failure to act on tehir behalf.

    But isn’t it just soooo predictable that Husar is now claiming victimhood.

  • Clarion Call 13/08/2018, 11:57 am

    Moral of story: employ a ‘westie’ without requisites skills then remind them of the many gravytrain lurks and perks available to people elected beyond their education, employment qualifications and proven levels of achievement ……and you finish up with people like this and many others in the lunatic Labor Party who are simply out of their depth by any reasonable measure. Electricity Bill Shortonbrains is a typical example.

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