Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten is in a lot of trouble with his claim that he was only made aware of the bullying and fraud allegations against federal MP Emma Husar when he was approached recently by BuzzFeed News journalist Alice Workman. It is totally unbelievable, and it has already been reported he knew last year.
The Emma Husar bullying allegations have apparently been known by many federal Labor members for over a year. If that is the case, then why didn’t any of old media in the Canberra Press gallery break the story? Did they sit on it like they sat on the Barnaby Joyce story because they say it was a personal issue?
With Emma Husar the writing was on the wall so to speak (actually on Facebook) back in 2016 just before the federal election when Emma Husar was caught deleting embarrassing posts. One Facbook post said:
“politicians, I want to be one, you can lie, steal, cheat and use other people’s money to go on holidays – the best job in the world”. (Click here to read more)
If you are not up with the story it broke on Thursday (19-7-18) with the headline:
Federal Labor MP Emma Husar is being investigated over allegations of workplace bullying and misconduct within her Western Sydney electorate office after a number of former staff members came forward with complaints against her.
The investigation — which was commissioned by NSW Labor and has been running since March — is being led by barrister John Joseph Whelan and is expected to be completed in coming days.
The scope of the Husar investigation has included allegations of bullying, harassment, verbal abuse, intimidation, and misuse of staff.
Husar told BuzzFeed News she was horrified to learn that complaints had been made about her and claimed that no staff member had raised issues with her.
“The assertions that have been made do not reflect who I am or how my office operates,” Husar said.
Husar did not respond specifically to any of the allegations put to her by BuzzFeed News.
BuzzFeed News understands nearly all witnesses have given evidence anonymously, out of fear of repercussions from the powerful Right faction of the party, which is led by NSW general secretary Kaila Murnain.
At least one former staff member has told investigators they are considering taking further action against Husar over her alleged conduct towards them.
A number of former Husar staff told BuzzFeed News they have cancelled their membership with the United Services Union (USU) after the union refused to represent them at the investigation. The secretary of the union, Graeme Kelly, is a powerful member of the NSW Right, closely aligned to Murnain, and sits on the state branch’s administrative committee.
It is no secret in Canberra that Husar’s office has seen high staff turnover. During her two years in federal parliament, she’s had more than 20 employees through her electorate office (in four full-time equivalent positions).
Former staff have given evidence to the Whelan investigation about what they saw as Husar’s inappropriate management style and staff expectations — including requiring staff to babysit her children during and outside work hours. They also allege staff were instructed to walk her dog and clean up its faeces.
Husar currently has a staff member living with her who performs household and nannying duties.
Sources with knowledge of the arrangement questioned whether it was an appropriate use of a taxpayer-funded employee under parliamentary guidelines. (Click here to read more)
In an attempt to stop the bullying story growing Bill Shorten sent out lines for the Labor MP’s to use in media interviews as per below.
Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese parroted the lines on the Today show Friday morning.
“I know she is a single mum, works incredibly hard, represents her electorate very strongly. I find her a terrific person to deal with,” he said. “I had not met her frankly before she ran for Lindsay, but I find her a very good local member of parliament.”
The investigation is only probing Husar’s behaviour in the workplace over the past two years, although evidence about her conduct outside the office has also been presented. (Click here to read more)
The latest news on the issue is:
Labor Is Considering Whether To Disendorse Embattled MP Emma Husar Before The Next Federal Election (Click here to read more)
Social Media has also stepped up with stories as per the below story by Grace Hu in the comment section on BuzzFeeds Facebook page.
Shorten is in trouble
Bill Shorten wants the public to believe that the Labor Party enquiry into Emma Husar’s alleged bullying has been going for 3 months but he only found out this week on Wednesday when he was asked media questions. It’s the old case of the cover-up will be a bigger scandal than the original problem. If Bill Shorten had’ve ordered an investigation when he found out last year he wouldn’t have the problem he has now but old habits die-hard and he went for the cover-up routine.
Shorten’s lie is one of the reasons that could see this issue escalate to the levels of the recent Barnaby Joyce scandal. What’s for certain is that many people in the Labor Party will be working overtime trying make sure that issue doesn’t get much traction with the media, but it is too late for that as social media will keep on driving it and it will become a huge distraction and embarrassment for Bill Shorten and the Labor Party until Emma Husar resigns.
Admin: I was in court for the Capilano Honey and Ben McKee appeal on Thursday (19-7-18) where they are appealing against the lifting of the suppression orders in their injurious falsehood and defamation case against me. I thought the appeal went fairly well. The judges reserved their decision.
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