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The full details of the allegations against Emma Husar should be noticed. Not for her actions, but rather how much of the investigation was leaked.
The details of the allegations against Emma Husar scandal should serve as an example. When it comes to scandals, a culture of protection obviously exists, as parliament is divvied into two disparate parties: those who have protection, and those who don’t.
This morning, Buzzfeed published a piece which detailed the wave of sexual allegations against Emma Husar, via a leak that: “Labor MP Emma Husar bragged about who she was having sex with, sexually harassed an employee, and intentionally exposed herself in front of another politician, according to allegations made by staff to NSW Labor investigators.”
One staff member alleged that on June 19, 2017, at approximately 7:05 pm, while in Labor frontbencher Jason Clare’s office, Husar performed the revealing leg-crossing move made famous by Sharon Stone in the film Basic Instinct.
“It is alleged that you and attended Mr Jason Clare’s office at Parliament. Mr Clare was sitting on the floor playing with his son. alleged that he was sitting opposite you and that on three occasions you spread your legs, revealing that you were not wearing any underwear. felt that your conduct was deliberate, proactive and targeted towards Mr Clare.”
Regarding the above, Clare has “categorically denied” the allegations. This is not a knock on Buzzfeed, nor is the work of the journalist who wrote the piece; whether the above is true or not is not the point. The point is the noticeable difference between similar scandal.
While the Husar investigation remains unresolved, we already have the details of the allegations. Something to take, analyse and twist, if that’s your thing. Whatever your goal, it is now up for discussion. Thanks to whoever leaked it to Buzzfeed, we have details.
I have done my best to cooperate with the investigation and clear my name, but it’s clear these people will stop at nothing to destroy me.
— Emma Husar MP (@emmahusarmp) 2 August 2018
Whereas the Barnaby Joyce narrative plays against this. What we do have is a landslide of media reporting on allegations of sexual and fiduciary nature, all published in the first quarter of 2018. All this negativity arrived after Barnaby’s victory in the New England byelection in December. Despite the headlines, we’re missing the details. A good side-by-side is the story of an equal scandal regarding Barnaby Joyce and a co-worker, we have the shades of the allegation, not the detail. A direct quote from that piece is: “The ABC understands the complaint is in relation to allegation of sexual harassment involving a West Australian woman and Mr Joyce.”
The fact that full details are not known, is the full point. Maybe the only difference between the two is a leaked pile of paperwork to Buzzfeed. Maybe, maybe not.
While all the animals were equal, so were more equal than others.
Maybe I’m wrong. Removing my tinfoil hat, and through the benefit of assumption, perhaps Barnaby’s alleged misdeeds (and the investigations of) were announced when they happened, or maybe they weren’t. Giving Barnaby’s forces the benefit of the doubt, perhaps he just had a really busy couple of months.
Back to today. It’s an obvious move by someone with the ALP to rid remove Husar from her post, or in her words, to destroy her. As is with every leak, there’s something to be lost and gained. Husar, much like Joyce, has her job on the line, but unlike the Barnaby, Husar doesn’t have the protection of her colleagues.
That’s the difference.