Mystery surrounds a fake email targeting an adviser to Anthony Albanese – with his OWN party behind the nasty smear campaign
- Fake email smearing one of the Opposition Leader’s staff has been circulating
- Makes false claims about bullying and claims offensive language was used
- ‘Five concerned opposition staff’ sent around an anonymous open letter
- Labor leader Anthony Albanese denounced the document as a fake on Tuesday
Anthony Albanese’s office has been the target of smear campaign by disgruntled members of his own party.
A letter to the federal Labor leader is purportedly from ‘five concerned opposition staff’ although they don’t necessarily work in his office.
An adviser in the Opposition Leader’s office has been accused of bullying colleagues with sexual innuendo and sending an expletive-laden email.
They accuse the staffer of using the private lives of colleagues to undermine their position.
Anthony Albanese’s office has been the target of smear campaign by disgruntled members of his own party. A letter to Mr Albanese is purportedly from ‘five concerned opposition staff’ although they don’t necessarily work in his office
But on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Albanese denounced the poison pen letter as a scam.
‘It’s a fake. It’s a fake,’ Mr Albanese told reporters at Tomago in Newcastle’s north.
‘It’s a very good office. I have an outstanding office.’
In the nasty letter, the adviser is accused of spreading rumours about colleagues saying they ‘will make vague, lingering innuendos about the personal lives of people deemed a threat (for example, that someone is engaging in an affair, has acted inappropriately in some way – often sexually)’.
The letter also includes an undated email using very salty language to describe a female colleague.
‘She is such a c*** – we have to kill her before she bores anyone else with her stupid s**t,’ it said.
‘Can you call her office and cut her out of this?
The letter also includes an undated email from her using very salty language to describe a female colleague
‘I don’t want to see her ugly face again.’
The adviser is also accused in the anonymous letter of silencing critics in the office with the excuse they were ‘reading too much into personality disagreements’.
The critics of this adviser also suggest the individual was stopping Mr Albanese from winning the next election.
‘We have no doubt that unless the culture of the leader’s office improves – we will absolutely not be able to effectively contest, let alone win, the next election,’ they said.
‘While also causing untold personal damage to staff who deserve better on the way through.’