There’s a fresh twist to bullying allegations surrounding Western Sydney Labor MP Emma Husar, thanks to new vision captured by 7 News.
One of the claims being investigated is that the Member for Lindsay treated her staff like slaves, including making them clean up after her dog.
Vision captured by 7 News shows that some things appear not to have changed, as a staffer was seen walking her boss’ dog Thomas and cleaning up its mess.
Thomas’ morning stroll complete, the staffer then walks Husar’s pooch back into the Penrith electorate office, one of the long list of jobs other former staff have complained they were forced to do.
Seven News asked Emma Husar to comment on the allegations, but a staff member said she would not be speaking on camera.
An ongoing three-month investigation has heard from a growing list of complainants, with around 20 former staffers painting an unflattering picture.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Ms Husar had been “a hardworking member in her electorate” and would let the investigation take its due course.
On Tuesday Ms Husar released a statement saying she would be taking personal leave, effective immediately.
“The past few days have been incredibly difficult for my family,” the statement reads.
“I’m a single mum and my first priority is the safety and wellbeing of my children.
“I have received threatening messages including threats of violence and have referred them to the Australian Federal Police.
“The best thing for me and my family right now is for us to be out of the spotlight so I can access support.
“My electorate office will continue to operate as normal and serve constituents.
“I look forward to returning to my duties as the Member for Lindsay very soon.
“I love my community and there is no higher honour for me than representing the people of Western Sydney in Australia’s parliament.”
Ms Husar said she was cooperating with the “independent process that is underway.”