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Quitting MP saves Labor from by-election

Emma Husar has accused “nasty, faceless” Labor figures of plotting against her and will quit politics at the next federal election after the MP’s staff claimed she bullied them.
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Her western Sydney seat of Lindsay, which she holds with a margin of 1.1 per cent, will be hotly contested between Labor and the Liberals at the election due by May 2019.

An emotional Ms Husar said she threw up when she heard one former staff member’s claim she exposed herself to a fellow federal Labor MP.

“Enough is enough, I’m going to do this on my terms,” she told Nine News on Wednesday.

“They’re not going to let people just keep pummelling me the way they have for the last three weeks, with no evidence, no facts and just vexatious, malicious allegations that are just designed to smear me.

“I don’t know that my reputation will ever recover.”

Lawyer John Whelan has been investigating the complaints of Ms Husar’s 22 former staff, with his report due to be handed to NSW Labor by Friday.

They include claims she bullied and sexually harassed staff in her electorate office and diverted Labor funds into her personal bank account.

The first-term MP accused Labor figures of orchestrating the campaign against her and compromising the investigation by leaking details.

Ms Husar says some in the party resented her election because she had not come through the party machine.

“I had not done my Labor Party apprenticeship,” she told Nine.

“It was smashed into my face.

“A few nasty, faceless people can ruin someone’s career, almost completely smash it to pieces.”

In the Nine interview, she said she “threw up” when she heard an allegation she exposed herself to Labor frontbencher Jason Clare while he played with his young child in his office.

Ms Husar and Mr Clare say the incident did not happen.

“When I heard that in the initial assessment I threw up,” Ms Husar said.

“It doesn’t just allege that I did something wrong to a grown up but there was a child in the room and that’s absolutely the lowest part of what’s gone on here.”

She thanked Labor leader Bill Shorten for backing her.

“He’s always backed me, always believed in me and will continue to believe in me; that won’t change. He knows the person I am, the good that I’ve done.”

Liberal frontbencher Mitch Fifield said the Labor report needs to be made public, after claims Mr Shorten’s office knew about the investigation.

The Labor opposition leader maintains neither he or his staff knew anything of the investigation until journalists contacted his office for comment.

“This has been a very difficult period for Emma and her family. I respect the decision she’s made,” Mr Shorten said.

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Walsh closer to arrival at Wests

SOON: Wests recruit Luke Walsh playing for the Penrith Panthers in 2013. Picture: Brendan EspositoLuke Walsh is set to arrive home in Australia on Friday but Western Suburbs coach Matt Lantry says he’s not willing to risk the former NRL playmaker this weekend despite being down on troops for Saturday’s crucial clash withMaitland.
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Lantry saideven with the Rosellas’“injury toll” it “wasn’t worth the risk” to put 31-year-old Walsh on the park against the ladder-leading Pickers less than 24 hours after landing off a day-long flight from France.

It means the now retired Catalans Dragons halfback and former Knights and Panthers general will more than likely have a “dip” for Wests, currently locked in a battle to make next month’sNewcastle Rugby League finals, against Kurri and Macquarie in the last two rounds.

“At this stage of the season, and with the situation we’re in, we don’t want torush anyone,” Lantry said.

“It’s not worth the risk, especially with how much we have too play for the next few weeks.”

Walshsigned with junior club Wests on the eve of the 2018 mid-season transfer deadline after damaging ankle ligaments and retiring from the English Super League in April.

His unavailability for the Rosellas has beeneased somewhatby returningfive-eighth Ryan Stig, who had no case to answer this week despite being put on report in Saturday’s 20-12 loss to the Bulldogs at Kurri Sportsground.

Wests captain Mark Taufua has been suspended for one match after taking the early guilty plea on Wednesday for a crusher tackle.

The 23rd-minute incident saw play stop for around half-an-hour as Kurri winger Ben Edwards was treated on the field. He wastaken to John Hunter Hospital by ambulance, but was later cleared of a major neck injury and won’t play this weekend.

Lantry said Taufua was set to be replaced in the Rosellas front-row by Viko Puliuvea with Felise Taufaaoout injured and Uti Baker shifting to lock for the sidelined Warren Schillings.

The coach said Stig would start from the bench with Jordan Worboys and Chad O’Donnell to partner in the halves. Reigning player of the year Ryan Walker and centre Brad Tighe are also out injured.

Regular winger Willis Alatini looks set to slot in at fullback like he did at late notice onthe weekend after Walker (hamstring) pulled out in the warm-up.

Liam Wilkinson may now have a more permanent role at hooker with Chris Knight possibly out for the remainder of the season.

Wests are equal fourth on the competition ladder, two points behind upcoming opponents Maitland and two points in front of sixth-placed challengers Kurri.

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Five in race for 2019 Lakes coaching job

POSITION: Outgoing Lakes coach Todd Edwards. Picture: Josh CallinanLAKESpresident Paul Jeffries expects to make a final decision in the “next little while” after interviewing each of the five applicants left in the race to coach the Seagulls in 2019.
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Jeffries said the nominations had been “whittled down” over the last week and Lakes officials would forma small sub-committee before making a “recommendation”to the board.

“We’re pretty happy [with the applications],” Jeffries told the Newcastle Herald on Wednesday. “Hopefully we can announce someone sooner rather than later.”

It comes as current Seagulls coach Todd Edwards, who has been linked with former club Cessnock for next season, was recently granted leave from the second year of his contract on compassionate grounds.

ROUND 14 FIXTURES: Macquarie v Kurri Kurri, Maitland v Western Suburbs (Saturday); South Newcastle v Cessnock, Central Newcastle v Lakes (Sunday).

* STILL on the coaching front and Kurri Kurri have yet to announce whether or notRon Griffiths will stay on at the Bulldogs beyond 2018.

* NEWCASTLE Rugby Leagueadvertised on Wednesday for 2019 Rebels representative coaches, including a new women’s tackle position.

While unsure of exact details of how it wouldwork, a Rebels women’s tackle team has been puton the agenda but not to replace the already establishedladies league tag.

Marc Glanville has looked after the Newcastle ladies league tag side the last two campaigns.

Phil Williams, who was last week announced as coach of clubside Central for next year,and Macquarie’s Adam Bettridge are the incumbent senior and emerging men’s Rebels mentors.

* SOUTHSwill mark the ninth anniversary of Sleapy’s Day at Townson Oval next Saturday (August 18).

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Restoration breathes life into 1940s Georgetown home

Restoration breathes life into 1940s Georgetown home LABOUR OF LOVE: This three-bedroom home in Georgetown has been restored to its former glory.
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ORNATE: Kellie and Don Ivory reused as much of the original materials and features as possible to refresh this tired home.

MODERN TOUCH: They opened up the back of the residence while retaining its classic charm.

This three-bedroom home in Georgetown has been restored to its former glory.

This three-bedroom home in Georgetown has been restored to its former glory.

This three-bedroom home in Georgetown has been restored to its former glory.

TweetFacebookDomain it was “pretty much in original condition” when they found it.

“Everything was basically as it was when it was built, which was good because then you could restore what was true to the house,” she said.

“We loved all of the original features and wanted to restore those. We hadn’t done arestoration before –restoration takes a lot longer. “

Kellie Ivory

They reused as many of the original materials as they could. The windows were taken out, restored and put back in. The front door was stripped right back and the bell cleaned up.

“I feel like the house owns those things and you don’t really have the right to come in and strip it bare,” Kellie said.

Robinson Property’s Cveta Kolarovski is marketing the home, which has an open scheduled forat 12.30pm on Saturday.

A price guide has not been set but offers are expected either side of $900,000.

It still has three bedrooms but has been modernised with two bathrooms, open plan living and a kitchen that opens to a covered entertaining deck.

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Howard steps up for Dragons in new era

Howard steps up for Dragons in new era CHANCE: St George-Illawarra Dragons recruit Mel Howard in Merewether on Wednesday before heading to training in Sydney. The 25-year-old will be part of next month’s inaugural Women’s NRL Premiership. Picture: Josh Callinan
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“Mum saidI watched and I was like ‘they suck, I want to play’. The next week I played and scored a try first run.”

The now 25-year-old playmaker hasn’t looked back since.

Howard has hopped around a few other codes –rugby union, touch football and hockey –and doubled up with the Maitland Pickers a few winters back but this year dedicated herself to rugby league.

She played solelywith CRL Newcastle in the 2018 Women’s NSW Premiership and helpedguide NSW Country to glory at the National Championships on the Gold Coast in June.

It’s a move which has paid dividends and changed her life.

After recently being approached by the Dragons, Howard opted to give up afull-time PE teaching position at Singleton High School and revert to a casual role rather than turning down the sporting contract.

“This [Dragons]wasn’t really something I could say no to, so it never really crossed my mind,” she said.

“But obviously it’s pretty hard giving up full-time work considering how hard it is to come by in PE. Hopefully next term I can at least get part-time work back, but there’s plenty of casual work around as well so it doesn’t worry me too much.”

Howard knows the Women’s NRL Premiershipcould be the start of an ongoing chapter in her sporting story, one which she never thought would actually eventuate.

“It’s pretty crazy we can play in the NRL,” she said.

“I would have never thought it would be an option for us girls. I think if it goes well this year they will try and grow it into the future andhopefully make it more teams and a longer season.”

Howard will be one of seven CRL Newcastle players in the month-long Women’s NRL Premiership, which starts on the first weekend in Septemberand runsalongside the men’s NRL finals series until the decider at SydneyOlympic Stadium.

She will be joined at the Dragons by Holli Wheeler and Hannah Southwell. The Sydney Roosters have Isabelle Kelly and Kylie Hilder. The Brisbane Broncos picked up Caitlin Moran and Jayme Fressard, who both won’t feature on the field because of season-ending knee injuries suffered recently.

Two-time World Cup champion, long-time NSW representative and dual international Bec Young wasn’t announced in any of the four, 22-player squadsbefore the July 31 deadline despite being part ofthe national top-40 list earlier this year.

Muswellbrook 18-year-oldBrydie Parker was recruited by the Roosters on the back of the women’s ID talent day on the Gold Coast in May.

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