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Shorten won’t intervene for battling MP

Labor leader Bill Shorten remains of the view that his party’s Western Sydney MP Emma Husar should not contest the next election.

Ms Husar announced in August she would not run in the 2019 vote, after allegations against her of bullying and sexual harassment were made public.

The federal member for Lindsay revealed last week she had changed her mind and is eager to fight for her seat.

That came months after a Labor investigation found Ms Husar had mistreated her electorate staff, but did not find evidence to support claims of sexual harassment or of her flashing another federal MP.

Despite Ms Husar’s change of heart, Mr Shorten said his view hasn’t shifted since her announcement she wouldn’t run again.

“I said at the time when Emma wrote saying she wasn’t going to contest the next election, that I thought that was the right decision then, both for her and the party,” he told reporters in Canberra on Friday.

“I haven’t changed my mind.”

His comments come as NSW Labor officials are due to meet on Friday to settle on a preselection process to replace Ms Husar.

The MP is considering fighting the process through the courts if necessary.

She is also gearing up for a defamation lawsuit against the media outlet that revealed the allegations made against her in a confidential Labor internal investigation, which included evidence from more than 20 people.

Ms Husar told parliament on Thursday she had launched legal action against BuzzFeed and journalist Alice Workman over an August 2 story.

“They went ahead and published their slut-shaming story knowing with full intent that it would go viral,” Ms Husar told parliament.

“I am not a bully. I am not Sharon Stone. I am not a thief. And I did not deliberately misuse my work expenses.”

BuzzFeed said it is aware the proceedings had been issued.

“We’re considering our position with our lawyers and will respond in due course,” BuzzFeed said in a statement to AAP.

Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke said all MPs showed great respect when Ms Husar told parliament about her situation.

But he would not comment on the preselection process of the NSW branch and if federal MPs would intervene.

“There was no doubt in at least one of those allegations, certainly the most salacious allegation against Emma Husar, it was demonstrably untrue,” Mr Burke told ABC Radio on Friday.

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