Embattled Lindsay MP Emma Husar is taking personal leave, effective immediately.
It comes as an investigation into bullying and workplace misconduct in Ms Husar’s Penrith electorate office continues.
“I have written to the Chief Opposition Whip to advise him that I will be taking personal leave, effective immediately,” Ms Husar said in a statement.
“The past few days have been incredibly difficult for my family. I’m a single mum and my first priority is the safety and wellbeing of my children.”
Ms Husar said her electorate office will continue to operate as normal.
In a major twist, she said she had received threatening messages including threats of violence, which have been referred 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,” she said.
“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 is the subject of an internal Labor investigation into her behaviour towards staff, including allegations of bullying, harassment, verbal abuse, intimidation and using staff to run personal errands and tasks.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says he was only made aware of the claims against Ms Husar last week.
“We have a complaints procedure in place. There is an investigation,” Mr Shorten said earlier today.
“Until concluded, I’m not going to add any more.”
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.