Anthony Albanese’s senior adviser QUITS after being targeted in a ‘malicious, false, fake and defamatory’ smear campaign that left her ‘no longer feeling safe’ in her job
- 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
- Sabina Husic resigned as his deputy chief-of-staff on Tuesday after that smear
One of Anthony Albanese’s top advisers has resigned following a nasty smear campaign against her from within her own party.
Sabina Husic, the Opposition Leader’s now-former deputy chief-of-staff, is also the sister of Labor frontbencher Ed Husic, Australia’s first federal Muslim MP.
Daily Mail Australia has been told Ms Husic quit on Tuesday afternoon after a letter to the federal Labor leader made a series of unfounded allegations against her.
One of Anthony Albanese’s most senior advisers has resigned following a nasty smear campaign against her from within the Labor Party
Sabina Husic, the Opposition Leader’s now former deputy chief-of-staff, is also the sister of Labor frontbencher Ed Husic, Australia’s first federal Muslim MP
The nasty letter falsely accused Ms Husic of spreading rumours about colleagues and included a falsified email attribute to her that framed her as an unpleasant colleague.
Shortly before Ms Husic’s resignation, Mr Albanese denounced the poison pen letter as a scam.
‘It’s a fake. It’s a fake,’ the Labor leader told reporters at Tomago in Newcastle’s north. ‘It’s a very good office. I have an outstanding office.’
Ms Husic resigned on Tuesday with a letter to Mr Albanese’s chief of staff Tim Gartrell, as the strain from the malicious campaign became too much.
The young woman wrote that she had been on mental health leave for the past three weeks, the second such absence she needed in two months after last year being diagnose with depression.
‘Last night I was the subject of a malicious, false, fake and defamatory attack on my character. This was highly distressing and has had an incredibly harmful effect on my personal wellbeing,’ she wrote in a letter obtained by Nine newspapers.
Daily Mail Australia has been told Sabina Husic quit on Tuesday afternoon after a letter to the federal Labor leader made a series of unfounded allegations against her
Ms Husic’s brother, who holds the ultra-safe western Sydney seat of Chifley, hails from the New South Wales Right faction while her husband Nick Martin, was previously Labor’s assistant national secretary from the Left
‘The defamatory attacks and online harassment I have experienced are beyond the bounds of what should be required for this job or any staff position.
‘For women staff, it is important to feel safe in their roles and workplaces – that very much extends to their mental health and wellbeing. I no longer feel safe in this role. I have decided to put my health and wellbeing first.
Ms Husic finished the letter by thanking Mr Albanese for his support combating the false rumours.
Daily Mail Australia has also contacted Ms Husic.
The authors of the malicious and untrue campaign were purportedly ‘five concerned opposition staff’ although they don’t necessarily work in his office.
The online letter was the latest in a series of campaigns to undermine her, and unfairly paint her as an obstacle to Labor’s election.
The online letter was the latest in a series of campaigns to undermine her, and unfairly paint her as an obstacle to Labor’s election