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Embattled Labor MP Emma Husar takes personal leave after 'threatening messages'


Labor MP Emma Husar
Labor MP Emma Husar has announced she will take personal leave effective immediately.

A New South Wales Labor Party investigation is underway after former staff accused her of bullying and harassment.

In a statement, Ms Husar said the last few days had been very difficult for her and her family.

She said she had received threats of violence in recent days and referred the threats to the police.

"I have written to the chief opposition whip to advise him that I will be taking personal leave, effective immediately," her statement said.

"I'm a single mum and my first priority is the safety and wellbeing of my children.

"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 office is a professional and respectful workplace'

Late last week, Ms Husar said she was horrified to learn of the investigation into her conduct.

Buzzfeed News first reported the allegations, suggesting Ms Husar had been responsible for harassment, intimidation and demanding staff to carry out personal duties.

Ms Husar has been a member of Federal Parliament since 2016, and denied staff had raised issues with her before the investigation was launched in March.

"I love my job and I am incredibly passionate about representing the Lindsay community I have lived in my whole life. My community doesn't get the air time it deserves and I am working hard to change that," Ms Husar said in a statement issued last week.

"The assertions that have been made do not reflect who I am or how my office operates.

"My office is a professional and respectful workplace. It should not be perceived in any other way, and of course I am sorry if any person has been given reason to think otherwise.

"I am a single mum with three children, working hard and doing my best. If I have let anyone down, I apologise."

NSW Labor said it had an independent process for assessing complaints, which would provide advice on how to respond to the allegations.

A party spokesman said no public comment would be made during the course of any independent assessments, but said "comment may be made at the conclusion of the independent process".