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Government calls for Emma Husar's dismissal over bullying allegations

Under fire Labor Labor MP Emma Husar has denied the claims. Source: AAP

Senior ministers from the Turnbull government are calling on embattled federal Labor MP Emma Husar to resign over bullying allegations.

Senior government ministers have zeroed in on embattled federal Labor MP Emma Husar over bullying allegations, calling for her to be sacked if the claims are proven.

The western Sydney backbencher, who is at the centre of a NSW Labor Party investigation into claims she bullied and harassed her staff, has taken personal leave after receiving threats of violence.

Ms Husar, 38, has also been accused of using taxpayer-funded staff to perform personal tasks such as minding her children and picking up her dog's faeces while taking it for walks.

 

"Bill Shorten should be the one cleaning up Ms Husar's mess, not her staff, not anyone else," Treasurer Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

Cabinet minister Simon Birmingham said if the claims were proven, Labor leader Shorten should dump her.

"If any of the allegations are true, then Emma Husar has no place on Bill Shorten's team," Senator Birmingham told ABC radio.

Footage aired by the Seven Network on Tuesday reportedly showed one of Ms Husar's staffers walking her dog through Penrith and cleaning up after it.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham.
File image of the Minister for Education Simon Birmingham.
AAP

She has also been accused of using the taxpayer-funded government Comcar limousine service to drive her to a lawyer's office.

Workplace Minister Craig Laundy urged Ms Husar's staff to take claims to the Fair Work Ombudsman rather than rely on an internal ALP investigation.

"Having people do domestic duties for you as members of parliament, I don't think is appropriate," Mr Laundy told Sky News.

 

Ms Husar said the best thing for her family was to be out of the spotlight, but she's looking forward to returning as the member for Lindsay soon.

"I'm a single mum and my first priority is the safety and wellbeing of my children," she said in a statement.

NSW Labor senator Jenny McAllister said she was unsurprised Ms Husar had taken leave after a tough week.

"I think it's always pretty sad when people's families get brought into the public domain," Senator McAllister told Sky.

The complaints made by staff against Ms Husar, previously described as a rising star in the party, have created a political headache for Mr Shorten, who says he first heard of the allegations 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," he said.

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