She’s a witch. Burn her.

Like half the country I have been reading stories about Emma Husar day after day, after day, after day …

Some of the stories are scandalous. She bought toilet paper. She brought her dog to work. A staffer picked up dog shit while walking the dog. Well duh – somebody was going to walk the dog and that same somebody was going to pick up after the dog. A male staffer got to wash the dishes. Like an MP was going to be washing the dishes.  Today we read:

A number of employees told Whelan that Husar asked them to zip up her dress, making them feel uncomfortable. 

The horror of it all.

The staff member alleged that in August last year the Labor MP “rubbed her body up against him”. The staff member said that Husar had her right breast against his left shoulder and arm for about 10–15 seconds. On another occasion in September, he alleged Husar rested her right breast on his arm.

For the love of god. She was reading over his shoulder? They were leaning over a desk? Looking at documents? Crammed in the elevator?

Then there is the Basic Instinct allegation that I find simply implausible.

The only objective evidence we have a problem in Ms Husar’s office is 20 staffers leaving over a two-year period. Okay – so there is something going on here.

But what?

Here is the problem to my mind. There is a nasty tendency for people to get sacked, disendorsed, whatever, for something other than what they actually did wrong. So what has Emma Husar done? Why are people leaking day after day after day (and most days trivial rubbish) to get rid of her? Right now the public are being played for idiots. Tell us what she has done and why she needs to go and then let people make up their own minds.

Mind you it is clear from reports that some of things she has done is considered dodgy by the general community – organised official travel to coincide with private events etc. – but that is what they all do. Again I reckon MPs should be paid a lump sum and then deduct legitimate expenses from that lump sum and have the ATO work it all out.

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88 Responses to She’s a witch. Burn her.

  1. Habib

    MPs should be paid a sum of lumps. FIFY. As to the title, agreed. After a dunking, and maybe a bit of pressing.

    Every single stinking one of them should be audited to death.

  2. Mind you it is clear from reports that some of things she has done is considered dodgy …

    As is the case for most of our beloved parliamentarians.
    If only it was publicized.
    FMD we pay some of them more than the US president.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Curious it is.
    Normally only people on the Right get this treatment.
    Someone has let the dogs of the Left off the leash for her.
    I wonder what the reason is?

  4. candy

    Someone is trying to paint her as a sexual pervert, misuser of public funds, workplace bully and dysfunctional mother.

    Whatever the truth of that is anyone’s guess, but it sure is one of the nastiest political knifings. Perhaps her office is a shambles and she is a “bad boss” and Labor want her out of the way – okay, but aren’t there clear cut ways of dealing with sort of thing these days rather than leaking very salacious things to the media for her children and their school friends to read.

  5. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Is Jeremy Anderson a homosexual?

    Usually they are this vindictive.

  6. She’s a politician who has been caught dudding the taxpayer. They all do it but for the moment she is in the spotlight. I for one hope they destroy her political career completely. What she did was stealing and if it was in the private sector she would be fined or jailed. These political maggots deserve everything they get

  7. H B Bear

    Lets not over analyse this and just enjoy a Liar being thrown to the lions for a change.

  8. calli

    I sense the hand of The Hag in all of this.

    Purge time. 🍿

  9. It’s always enjoyable watching the Left eat their own.

  10. Just in from the Australian:

    Staff allege Ms Husar performed the revealing leg-crossing move made famous by Sharon Stone in the film Basic Instinct in front of a Labor frontbencher, BuzzFeed News report today.

    Who needs the Liberal Party to attack. The Labor Party is much better at it.

  11. Real Deal

    She is certainly not very bright – look at her presser late last year about opinion polls. But someone on her own side wants her returned to the private sector that is clear. Yes, there is huge hypocrisy here as they all misuse money and treat staff poorly. Pity the poor burghers of Lindsay. Jackie Kelly, David Bradbury, Fiona Scott and now Emma. Then again, they voted for these losers.

  12. John Barr

    I know it’s normal to be touching someone with a part of your body when you are doing things together. The unfortunate fact that it’s only a bad thing when a man does it, not a woman. Women make a big deal out of accidental, Opps, sorry it’s not accidental if a man does it, if a man leans against them. (Me Too Movement) If a woman does it to a man then its still the mans fault. Ay.

    Don’t you just love double standards.

  13. Up The Workers!

    Every single word said in the introduction to this thread, is spot on.

    The thing I find most strange about it though, is the fact that every single word of the accusations being made, is emanating from her own Party and her own people.

    The terminally inept Laboral Party catatonics under their seat-warming Prime Quisling, Halal Mal Turncoat, couldn’t fight their way out of a soggy brown paper bag – let alone land a single punch on the likes of Emma Husar – even if all the rumours were true.

    You don’t get to lose 1.5 Million First Preference votes; 37 consecutive Newspolls and 5 by-elections by being competent in both offence and defence and eminently electable.

    They had an attack-dog once, but Turncoat, Bishop & the Mincing Poodle fed him a poison bait.

  14. V_maet

    I for one would not like to see her do the open legs view to show off her vjay

  15. gbees

    “MPs should be paid a lump sum and then deduct legitimate expenses from that lump sum”

    Nope, do what is done in most private companies:

    Pay for the expense with our own cash/card.
    Submit your expense claim with a trip report/justification
    Submit for approval to your manager.
    It is/is not approved and paid/not paid.

  16. Up The Workers!

    I thought she was a carnivore, but it seems she might just be a vagitarian, after all!

  17. Dean G

    Pity the poor burghers of Lindsay. Jackie Kelly, David Bradbury, Fiona Scott and now Emma. Then again, they voted for these losers.

    Yes, we voted every one of those losers out only to get another just as bad or even worse from the other team. God help us if we actually got someone decent from either party, it would cease to be a marginal seat.

  18. Roger

    What gbees said at 4:12pm.

  19. Tim Neilson

    gbees
    #2779113, posted on August 2, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    True, but think about who would do the approving.

  20. John Constantine

    If she was a liberal that supported the Abbottbeast, turnbull would be catching a train to pick up her dog’s turds and chrissy pyne would be telephoning his mates at get-up to get some real pressure applied, while leaky mcleakface bishop would be backgrounding her faves at the media circus.

    They all know how to do it, but the libs reserve their energy to strike and kill the unsound from their own ranks.

    Rather a purge than a battle, and we at the One Party State all want the same thing for the country anyway.

    Comrades.

  21. Roger

    True, but think about who would do the approving.

    It could be outsourced to an accountancy firm and audited by another before being checked and ticked off by Finance.

    We’d still save $millions.

  22. hzhousewife

    Someone has their beady eye on the seat of Lindsay.

  23. Sinclair Davidson

    No. The ATO gets to decide what legitimate deductions are – just like every other taxpayer.

  24. Des Deskperson

    There is something bizarre and almost tragic about this. Here’s an extract from her happy and triumphant maiden speech in September 2016:

    ‘I would just like to acknowledge all of the people in the gallery today, all of my friends, for their epic journey on the bus from Sydney to be here in support of me today. My sincere thanks to the Penrith Valley Community Unions, Unions NSW, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, Communications, Electrical Plumbing Union, Transport Workers Union, Health Services Union, United Services Union, and the Australian Workers’ Union. Mary Court, Mary Yaager, Mark Morey, Alex Claassens, Jim Metcher, Tony Sheldon, Gerard Hayes, Graeme Kelly, Russ Collison’

    Have any of these individuals and organisations – her ‘friends’ – stood up for her now? Two years ago she was apparently convinced they were her mates. Were they aware of, but ignored, her alleged character defects, or have these alleged traits suddenly developed?

    The whole thing looks like an opportunistic and very nasty betrayal and, whatever her defects, she must now be feeling incredibly bereft and abandoned.

    I wonder who has been lined up to take over her seat.

  25. gbees

    Tim Neilson
    #2779123, posted on August 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Good point! Finance depts. in companies aren’t pushovers so there would need to be some independent group in Dept. of Finance reporting to the ATO maybe? not sure. It could be made fool proof. I think! hmmm, not convincing myself.

  26. Roger

    The ATO gets to decide what legitimate deductions are – just like every other taxpayer.

    Very well, then, roll the current allowances into their base salary and let them be a profession of particular interest to the taxman.

  27. Cassie of Sydney

    I am not shedding any tears over Ms Husar. However I am very intrigued as to who is feeding the media these salacious stories about Ms Husar. It certainly isn’t the Waffler’s Liberal party who would be incapable of feeding a goldfish to a hungry cat. Ms Husar has always struck me as a complete bogan and not a very bright one at that. What I also find interesting is that this Labor party, a party full of self righteous hypocrites who constantly shrill “sexism and misogyny” to anyone on the right, is allowing this rather grotesque assassination of Ms Husar. She has obviously really “pissed” off many people in her party for this to reach the apex that it has.

    Anyway, you reap what you sow. After the media lynching of Barnaby and Vicki earlier this year, I have absolutely no sympathy for Ms Husar who, judging by her base behaviours in Parliament over the last 2 yearrs, probably joined in the “get Barnaby” chorus.

  28. sfw

    I doubt the ATO would go as hard on MPs as much as they do on other people.

  29. cuckoo

    Slightly ot but the other morning on the train I heard a public servant complaining to his friend about how hard it is to claim travel expenses in the Vic Public Service. The example he gave, with a straight face, was about being in another city and staying in a serviced apartment, and buying a bottle of wine to take back to the apartment for an evening’s consumption. And they had the nerve to query that! But they let it through. I’m sure it was from the $7 bargain bin.

  30. stackja

    Emma Husar: Why I will never be a ‘victim’ of domestic violence
    LAURA JAYES, Stellar Magazine
    July 9, 2017 12:00am

    Being a mum to Mitch, Zhalia, 15, and nine-year-old Evie will always take precedence over politics. But through her experiences, Husar can’t help but be driven to help others.
    In other words, you probably haven’t heard from Emma Husar for the last time.

    Under fire MP Emma Husar steps back as problems with staff and family continue to mount
    DANIELLE GUSMAROLI, SHARRI MARKSON & SHERADYN HOLDERHEAD, The Daily Telegraph
    July 25, 2018 5:13am
    Subscriber only

    Keen to protect his children, Mr Fenton told The Daily Telegraph he was confident the “truth” would emerge.

    “I don’t wish to discuss (my family issues). My priority is protecting my children and their mental wellbeing but I’m sure the truth will one day come out,” he said.

    Ms Husar’s daughter, whom The Daily Telegraph has decided not to name, has criticised her mother in social media posts.

    In a post on social media on Mother’s Day, she thanked another woman for being an “amazing role model and mother figure in my life when I didn’t have one”.

  31. Tim Neilson

    The ATO gets to decide what legitimate deductions are – just like every other taxpayer.

    Yes, but here we’re not talking about tax deductibility, we’re talking about being reimbursed for the expense.

  32. Tim Neilson

    I am not shedding any tears over Ms Husar. However I am very intrigued as to who is feeding the media these salacious stories about Ms Husar.

    The ALP has obviously decided, for some as yet unrevealed reason, that she’s expendable.

    The journos have picked up on that and so they know that they’re not betraying the team by going hard on the salacious angles.

    A side benefit to the journos is that, although they’re actually still acting as the ATO’s strike forces (as always), this will give them superficial cover next time they character assassinate a conservative – “but it’s the same as what we did to Husar”.

  33. Dr Fred Lenin

    Sinc ,not blaming you but our universities are churning out petals of all 654 genders these days . If it ever came to a real war how many real soldiers would we muster ,some enemies cannot be bullshitted out of committing violence against weaker people ,and we have no shortage of them about . Do they still have military cadets at universities ? Probably not ,doesn’t fit the soros u.n.communist agenda.

  34. Aaron

    A number of employees told Whelan that Husar asked them to zip up her dress, making them feel uncomfortable.

    Why can’t she zip up her own dress? I can imagine the outrage if a male MP asked a female employee member to zip up his fly.

    Zero sympathy for Emma Husar and I hope for the sake of mankind she keeps her legs closed.

  35. stackja

    Dr Fred Lenin
    #2779148, posted on August 2, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Sydney University Regiment (SUR) is an officer training regiment of the Australian Army Reserve. It can trace its lineage back to 1900 when the University Volunteer Rifle Corps was raised as a unit of the colonial New South Wales Defence Force. Over time this unit has undergone a number of name and role changes.

  36. Dr Faustus

    Taking the rubbish out in preparation for the 2019 election.

    Never mind the alphabet of trade and craft unions shouldering her into parliament: Mx Husar has been silly and sprung – and that cannot be allowed to get in the way of the election of the Shorten Class War Government.

  37. Cassie of Sydney

    “Aaron
    #2779149, posted on August 2, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    A number of employees told Whelan that Husar asked them to zip up her dress, making them feel uncomfortable.

    Why can’t she zip up her own dress? I can imagine the outrage if a male MP asked a female employee member to zip up his fly.

    Zero sympathy for Emma Husar and I hope for the sake of mankind she keeps her legs closed”

    Don’t worry, methinks now Ms Husar does indeed keep her legs closed for mankind…not sure about for womankind though!

  38. egg_

    After a dunking, and maybe a bit of pressing.

    +1

    They should reintroduce dunking chairs for this lot of troughers.

  39. stackja

    Emma Husar bullying scandal hits Bill Shorten at worst time
    Sheradyn Holderhead, National Political Reporter, The Daily Telegraph
    July 27, 2018 10:00pm
    Subscriber only

    As the investigation draws to a close, Labor insiders are already working on a plan B for Lindsay, with one of Husar’s former staffers, Liam Rankine, being considered as a potential replacement

  40. Rebel with cause

    The allegations are becoming farcical and Husar is still standing. She is putting herself in a good position for a big $$$ pay-off to not recontest

  41. Des Deskperson

    “Anyway, you reap what you sow. After the media lynching of Barnaby and Vicki earlier this year, I have absolutely no sympathy for Ms Husar who, judging by her base behaviours in Parliament over the last 2 yearrs, probably joined in the “get Barnaby” chorus.”

    ‘Someone’ organised a Parliamentary job for Joyce’s squeeze for which there was no apparent requirement but that allowed her to keep her $133,000 taxpayer-funded salary and attendant perks. She then went immediately on paid ‘stress leave’.

    None of the allegation made against Hussar seem to be quite of that magnitude.

  42. egg_

    one of Husar’s former staffers, Liam Rankine, being considered as a potential replacement

    The prime mover of the current dirt file?

  43. Sinclair Davidson

    Yes, but here we’re not talking about tax deductibility, we’re talking about being reimbursed for the expense.

    I have long proposed that MP expenses be dealt with via deductions from their salaries and administered by the ATO.

  44. Bruce in WA

    I for one would not like to see her do the open legs view to show off her vjay

    Oh, I dunno

    (Not that I actually believe that allegation for a second.)

  45. Habib

    Crikey. She’s fugly enough to be on SBS. And not in one of the Vaseline lens pornos. Was she ever a bloke?

  46. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    If the poor woman can’t afford underpants, then she needs a pay rise!
    And you can’t go around burning witches at random- haven’t you heard of fire hazards? We need less smoke not more!

  47. .

    If the poor woman can’t afford underpants, then she needs a pay rise!

    LOL!

  48. calli

    The therapy dog ate them.

    They’re unpredictable like that.

  49. NB

    Des Deskperson ask (#2779132, posted on August 2, 2018 at 4:29 pm):
    ‘I wonder who has been lined up to take over her seat.’
    When we know the whole scheme will be simpler to unravel.
    So, pc is the new baseball bat.

  50. a happy little debunker

    Someone is trying to paint her as a sexual pervert, misuser of public funds, workplace bully and dysfunctional mother.

    But when Jacqui Lambie does this to herself – she’s a down to earth local hero?

  51. Shelley

    Got home from work just now, turned on tv – The Drum are all over it. So I thought, what has happened today that the Drum panel are so much more rabid – then it was mentioned about what Buzzfeed had published. So I took the bait and went to Buzzfeed. Not making and judgement at this stage about the (tawdry) accusations – but curious that this was published by Buzzfeed and one Alice Workman.

    My thoughts +1

    I am not shedding any tears over Ms Husar. However I am very intrigued as to who is feeding the media these salacious stories about Ms Husar.

    Tanya.

  52. Shelley

    Highly questionable use of entitlements (oh sorry they are all ‘within the rules’) – prob won’t be pursued by the Libs for the same reasons that Tony Burke’s weren’t when Chrissy Pyne went all soft (i.e. they are all at it)

  53. Rebel with cause

    None of the allegation made against Hussar seem to be quite of that magnitude.

    Double standards though. An allegation that a male MP had exposed his privates would be instantly career destroying. For Husar it is merely titillating. Fight the patriarchy!

  54. mh

    A staffer picked up dog shit while walking the dog. Well duh – somebody was going to walk the dog and that same somebody was going to pick up after the dog.

    I thought that was weird, too. The interesting thing is that nobody in the Labor Party thought it was acceptable for the staffer walking the dog to be asked to pick up any poop it might leave behind. If MP’s have that mindset, we can see how they don’t care leaving behind a trillion dollar debt to the Nation.

  55. Tel

    If it was a guy doing even half this stuff he would be dropped and kicked by now.

    If it was a conservative guy then someone would have trashed his house, set fire to his car and chased his children into hiding.

    I’m not saying that this is a good way of doing things, or that I support mob justice, and I do think that Emma Husar deserves a proper trial with real evidence and a jury of her peers. I’m just pointing out that some people get more benefit of the doubt than others.

    And yeah, might be she has competitors within her own party, wouldn’t be surprised. White-anting can be a very successful strategy.

  56. Chris M

    Perhaps we need to send Sinc to work there for a while to see if there are any real issues, or only fake stuff. Essentially to get abreast of the problem and size up the situation.

  57. H B Bear

    Someone is trying to paint her as a sexual pervert, misuser of public funds, workplace bully and dysfunctional mother.

    But when Jacqui Lambie does this to herself – she’s a down to earth local hero?

    It’s endearing when Jacqui Jacqui does it because she is such a simpleton and you are just left asking yourself how the hell she ended up in the Australian Senate.

  58. iain russell

    As BoN says ‘unusual’. Who’s behind this? Personally, I’d be happy to have her bosom me – but then I’m a bloke.

  59. Elle

    You don’t have to be a bloke, Iain.

    I’ve had experiences where female colleagues have leaned over my shoulder to point something out on my computer and their breast/s have caressed my shoulder. I didn’t mind.

  60. hzhousewife

    Alice Workman from Buzzfeed has been walked down the garden path, methinks. But of course, journalists are allowed to protect their sources. I’m female, but older, so I cannot imagine a female over 30 flashing in the manner in which Emma Hussar is accused of doing, unless she was totally drug affected, but this is supposed to have happened in an office of another parliamentarian, during a working day (and he denies it).
    So, I stand with Emma Hussar being deliberately victimised by another party , unfairly.

  61. Getting the workers to pick up your dog shit has long been Labor policy, but you are not allowed to draw attention to it. That’s just a distraction and the cover, and not even the ALP actually wants to burn her, sadly. They just want to get her seat. An inside job.

  62. Bh

    Labor trying to divert attention from something else. What could that be?

  63. Pickles

    He’s rooted her. Now he’s ashamed. We’ve all been there old mate. You’ll feel like shit for a bit but you’ll get over it.

  64. JohnA

    organised official travel to coincide with private events etc.

    And where did public servants and MPs get the idea from? The private sector.

    How many business conferences are held in luxury locations, with plenty of tourist traps nearby?

    Doesn’t make it right within the present system, but as a number have said: roll the allowances into the base salary and let the ATO assess the deductible parts of such expenses paid out of their own pockets.

  65. Rob MW

    Like half the country I have been reading stories about Emma Husar day after day, after day, after day …

    The beautiful thing about not giving a shit is…………….not giving a shit. Overpaid crumpets.

  66. Mitchell Porter

    A few months ago, I had a conversation with a young man from the Middle East. He said that when the attacks against Barnaby started, he knew that there was something bad in Australian politics, even without knowing the details. He found it obvious that Barnaby was being driven from office for unknown reasons, by hidden power brokers who collect dirt on everyone for the mafia-like purpose of blackmail and control, and who everyone is afraid to cross. (And he went on to say that if you want to change a political system that has sunk to this level, you must be prepared to be defamed yourself.)

    It seems clear that something similar is going on here. The fact that Buzzfeed, an American web tabloid of politics, is involved, also alarms me – as if a particular political culture of smears and defamation is being imported for use in Australia. So I hope that the campaign against Husar will itself be an object of journalistic investigation. It would be nice if the destroyers themselves were destroyed.

  67. Up the Workers!

    The poor woman is so underpaid on her massive Parliamentary salary, lurks, perks, schemes and scams, that she can’t even afford underpants?

    Maybe her disgruntled dog-walker used them to pick up the steaming dog-pile?

  68. stackja

    Husar locked in Brisbane meeting on Bruno Mars trip just one day out
    Sheradyn Holderhead and Sharri Markson, The Daily Telegraph
    19 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    EMBATTLED Labor MP Emma Husar locked in a meeting with a charity in Brisbane only one day before the Bruno Mars concert that she attended using taxpayer funded-flights and accommodation.

    The Daily Telegraph ­revealed this week Ms Husar took a taxpayer-funded trip to Brisbane during which she saw a Bruno Mars concert with the Chief Inspector of Penrith Police Station, Tracy Stone.

    On the day of the concert, March 14, Ms Husar had no meetings in Brisbane but claimed $114 for use of a government-chauffeured Comcar, which she says was probably from the airport to her hotel, along with flights and accommodation.

    Her only two meetings in Brisbane were the following day, on March 15, with a homeless service called The Micah Project and she also visited a domestic violence call centre, DVConnect.

    The Lindsay MP defended the use of taxpayer funds for her trip to Brisbane, saying the two meetings were relevant to her parliamentary position.

  69. C.L.

    The staff member said that Husar had her right breast against his left shoulder and arm for about 10–15 seconds.

    No heterosexual man minds a bit of inadvertent boobal contact.
    So we know this bloke is a homosexual.

  70. v_maet

    Rebel with cause @ 6:35pm

    From memory there was a QLD State MP who sent a picture of his dong in a wine glass to a lady friend, consensual and all and he still got turfed over it.

  71. areff

    From a Husar defender on Twitter:

    A single mum gets a yeast infection and goes without underwear in her office and this rat starts spreading rumours. Why would @emmahusarmp flash at a man when she’s romantically involved with a same-sex partner? #auspol

    To which the ever-reliable Marilyn Shepherd replies:

    I suffer from yeast infections but who said she had no pants on. And if she didn’t why is that anyone’s business to be reported by tittle tattles. A 37 yr old man said to me last week, women are not slut’s, men who can’t screw them say they are sluts.

    There’s something to contemplate: Ms Shepherd’s yeast curse.

  72. lotocoti

    There’s something to contemplate:

    No.
    For the sake of all living things, no.

  73. areff

    yeah, loto, not something to be contemplated, especially while eating tripe with white sauce.

  74. John Constantine

    Their labor party just demonstrating what happens when the dirt files get dumped.

    Demonstrating for shortfilth’s benefit.

    If they have to dirt file shorten to get him to go, it will be absolutely reeking, but the bait and switch will be cleaner than this.

    Comrades.

  75. Habib

    Needs further research, I’ve never heard of a previous case where the fungus migrated from the wazza to the brain. Explains a lot though. There needs to be an immediate testing program in parliament.

  76. .

    I suffer from yeast infections but who said she had no pants on. And if she didn’t why is that anyone’s business to be reported by tittle tattles. A 37 yr old man said to me last week, women are not slut’s, men who can’t screw them say they are sluts.

    Yes, Marilyn, I think this stuff is rather petty but you are giving her the kiss of death.

  77. Des Deskperson

    There is a tragic element to all this.

    Two years ago it was all sunshine, lollypops and roses for Emma, all the comrades slapping her own the back. She thought she’d been given a golden opportunity to ‘make a difference’. She seem to be genuinely and sincerely, if possibly misguided, elated by this opportunity

    Now she’s f**ked. She has no qualifications, her only career has been as a community activist for various ALP and ALP front organisations, she’s for all practical purposes unemployable – none of her former ALP mates will help her. All she has to look forward to is maybe some compo if she can find a good lawyer and maybe some money for a tell all interview/article in the lowbrow media.

    She may be a bad boss and she may be dumb. Neither of those traits have ever before been a disqualification for Parliamentary office .

    Some of her actions have been a bit dodgy, but they are not unlawful. She may or may not have misused taxpayer funds, but it’s at the sort of level that can usually be fixed by ‘Oops, I made a mistake, I’ll pay it back.’

    The only positive thing that’s come out of this is the demonstration of the stupid, vicious cruelty that the ALP is capable of when they turn, for whatever reason, on one of their own. Stupid because it’s been piled on with such sadistic and sub-cerebral glee that it makes even me feel sorry for Emma.

  78. .

    She won’t get the “good” Parliamentary pension, will she?

  79. Andrew Deakin

    Usually an MP with impeccable pc opinions is given carte blanche, however odious their personality. What’s gone wrong in this case? I particularly liked Emma getting a male staffer to do the dishes as penance for his ‘white male privilege.’ You go, girl! Or maybe, just go. Someone in the unions could compensate her for the loss of her MP income by giving her a job in the ACTU. There’s plenty of white male privilege among blue collar workers that she could usefully scold. Pity Barry Humphries is no longer performing. He could recast Les Patterson in her mould. Humphries liked to decribe Les as a card carrying member of the ‘AC**T.’

  80. stackja

    ALP 1950s split was a pile on.

  81. Senile Old Guy

    Some of her actions have been a bit dodgy, but they are not unlawful. She may or may not have misused taxpayer funds, but it’s at the sort of level that can usually be fixed by ‘Oops, I made a mistake, I’ll pay it back.’

    No, no. She is being paid to make the laws and regulations that the rest of us have to live by (or pay large sums or end up in the slammer). These people cannot be “a bit dodgy”. I am utterly fed up with these excuses.

    The only positive thing that’s come out of this is the demonstration of the stupid, vicious cruelty that the ALP is capable of when they turn, for whatever reason, on one of their own. Stupid because it’s been piled on with such sadistic and sub-cerebral glee that it makes even me feel sorry for Emma.

    I do not feel the least bit sorry for Emma because it is clear that she would do (and may have done) the same.

    Now there are rumours and reports that this is really internal ALP in-fighting and she is collateral. So what?

  82. candy

    Stupid because it’s been piled on with such sadistic and sub-cerebral glee that it makes even me feel sorry for Emma.

    Yes, but it’s odd and sudden. And seemingly no defence/empathy from the feminists. It’s like a piece of a puzzle is missing.

  83. Des Deskperson

    ‘She won’t get the “good” Parliamentary pension, will she?’

    My understanding – which is by no means expert – is that she would be entitled to a refund of her super contribution plus her employers contribution or to the superannuation guarantee safety net amount, which ever is the greater.

    ‘No, no. She is being paid to make the laws and regulations that the rest of us have to live by (or pay large sums or end up in the slammer). These people cannot be “a bit dodgy”. I am utterly fed up with these excuses.

    I agree. My point is that while other politicians from all sides of politics usually only get a slap on the wrist and a bill – look at Hanson Young;

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/hansonyoung-belatedly-repays-20000-debt-to-taxpayers/news-story/d58bfb4f84f80a026ffe34339626bfcc

    In this case it is being used to help ruin Husar’s life. Is Husar worse than SHY?

  84. Natural Instinct

    Party positions
    – President, Penrith Branch (ALP), 2015-.
    – Member, NSW ALP Administrative Committee, 2015.
    – Member, NSW ALP Education Policy Committee, 2015-16.
    Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
    – Advisor, Federal MP, 2015-16.
    – Fundraising and events manager.
    Local government service
    – Member, Penrith City Council Disability Access Committee.
    …..
    Maiden Speech (now re worded as boring “First Speech”)

    Thank you also to EMILY’s List for supporting me, and for the work you do in ensuring that women get elected to our parliaments. Our parliaments should reflect the people they represent, and you cannot do that without women.

    To our leader Bill Shorten—epic timing!—thank you for your leadership which was outstanding in arguing our case for a fairer Australia and putting people first, and for joining me more than once on the campaign trail. To my federal colleagues, Tanya Plibersek and the Chrises Bowen and Hayes, Tony Burke, Catherine King, Jason Clare, Sharon Bird, Justine Elliot, Ed Husic, Deb O’Neil and Sam Dastyari: thank you for your support throughout the campaign and for continuing that support following my arrival in this place.

    Life for me has not been without adversity. I have spent 29 out of my 36 years, both as a child and as an adult, living in domestic violence. If you want to know how to address the biggest challenge facing women and our children today, you need to ask the people who have been affected. Even better than that, you need to elect them to decision-making tables where rhetoric will not be accepted and only action will be good enough

    When the campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme began I immediately knew, from my experience with my son, that I needed to support this to ensure that kids like mine, mums like me and families like ours were able to access something that can and will change their lives forever. I thank those people on my side: Bill Shorten, Julia Gillard and all of those people who worked tirelessly to ensure that this was a national priority.

    I thought I would share a quote by Daniel Goldston that hangs in our home and one I often tell my children. I think it is quite relevant to all young people in my electorate of Lindsay:

    If you’re going to be passionate about something, be passionate about learning.
    If you’re going to fight something, fight for those in need.
    If you’re going to question something, question authority.
    If you’re going to lose something, lose your inhibitions.
    If you’re going to gain something, gain respect and confidence.
    And if you’re going to hate something, hate the false idea that you are not capable of your dreams.

    As my good friend Adam still reminds me, governments more or less tax the same amount and spend the same amount. It is who they choose to tax and what spending they choose to prioritise that reveals their true nature. Government is about making choices, and I am proud to be on the side that chooses to make fairness, equality and opportunity for all a priority.

  85. Senile Old Guy

    ‘No, no. She is being paid to make the laws and regulations that the rest of us have to live by (or pay large sums or end up in the slammer). These people cannot be “a bit dodgy”. I am utterly fed up with these excuses.

    I agree. My point is that while other politicians from all sides of politics usually only get a slap on the wrist and a bill – look at Hanson Young;

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/hansonyoung-belatedly-repays-20000-debt-to-taxpayers/news-story/d58bfb4f84f80a026ffe34339626bfcc

    In this case it is being used to help ruin Husar’s life. Is Husar worse than SHY?

    We know that life is not fair but the fact that someone gets off does not mean that everyone should. Hanson Young is a Green and the media seem to treat them more lightly (my impression only).

  86. .

    As my good friend Adam still reminds me, governments more or less tax the same amount and spend the same amount.

    Sure, until they cannot pay off their debts, resort to seignorage and have the banking system collapse following hyperinflation.

  87. Des Deskperson

    Some of the nice young Labor hopefuls running around in red shirts should read that speech, then read the allegations now being made against Hussar, and then maybe have a good think.

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