Labor MP Takes Leave After Staff Filmed Walking Her Dog
Embattled Labor MP Emma Husar has taken personal leave, effective immediately, saying she has received threats of violence which have been referred to police.
Ms Husar is facing an internal investigation into allegations of workplace bullying and harassment of staff.
The western Sydney MP has been accused of using staff to mind her children and clean up after her dog.
Footage aired by the Seven Network on Tuesday night showed one of Ms Husar's staffers walking her dog through Penrith earlier in the day.
There's a fresh twist to bullying allegations surrounding Lindsay Labor MP @emmahusarmp. She has just released a statement saying she is taking personal leave effective immediately. @ebatten7 #nswpol #7News pic.twitter.com/IPm1bYaCE7— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) July 24, 2018
Ms Husar said the past few days had been incredibly difficult for her family.
"I'm a single mum and my first priority is the safety and wellbeing of my children," she said in a statement on Tuesday night.
"The best thing for me and my family right now is for us to be out of the spotlight so I can access support."
Her electorate office will continue to operate as normal.
"I look forward to returning to my duties as the Member for Lindsay very soon," Ms Husar said.
Complaints against the Labor rising star are an unwanted headache for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who said he first heard of the allegations against Ms Husar on Wednesday of last week.
"I think she has been a hard-working member in her electorate and I'm going to let the investigation by the NSW Labor Party run its course," Mr Shorten told reporters in Tasmania.
Federal Labor colleague Mike Kelly leapt to Ms Husar's defence, saying he had no problem with using staff on taxpayer-funded salaries to help the single mother-of-three juggle life as a federal politician.
"It's a small price to pay for having a truly representative democracy and facilitating the ability of women to participate in our parliament," Mr Kelly told Sky News.