Emma Husar says 'slut shaming' forced her to quit politics
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Emma Husar says 'slut shaming' forced her to quit politics

Federal Labor MP Emma Husar says vicious "slut shaming" forced her to quit politics.

Ms Husar, a first-term MP for the western Sydney seat of Lindsay, announced in August she wouldn't contest the next election after being accused of bullying staff.

In an interview with ABC's 730 program to air on Tuesday, Ms Husar says she decided not to recontest the next election not because of the allegations, but because of the extraordinary media attention around the harassment claims made against her and "the slut shaming that went along with that".

"That's actually what brought my career in politics to an end was being slut-shamed so viciously, with no ability to come back and stand up for myself," she said.

"I guess slut shaming is the oldest trick in the book to bring down a woman. It's almost used as a method of torture."

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The allegations levelled against Ms Husar included that she bullied and sexually harassed her electorate office employees and diverted Labor funds into her personal bank account.

Emma Husar has told Leigh Sales she decided not to recontest the next election because of the extraordinary media attention around the harassment claims made against her.

Emma Husar has told Leigh Sales she decided not to recontest the next election because of the extraordinary media attention around the harassment claims made against her.

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She was also accused of exposing herself to Labor frontbencher Jason Clare while he played with his young child in his office.

"Its utter garbage," Ms Husar said.

"You've had both me and Jason Clare on the record saying it didn't happen."

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Two days after Ms Husar announced her decision to quit, Labor released the results of an internal investigation clearing her of allegations of lewd conduct and sexual harassment of employees, finding there was no need for her to resign.

However, the report did find she behaved unreasonably towards staff and there were grounds for a further investigation into the alleged misuse of entitlements.

The investigation into Ms Husar's office dragged on for months, but only became public in August when some details leaked - which the report found was "reprehensible".

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