Emma Husar: 'Slut-Shaming' Forced Me To Quit Politics

The outgoing Labor frontbencher said slut-shaming female politicians is "the oldest trick in the book".

Outgoing Federal Labor MP Emma Husar said she was "slut-shamed" into quitting political life, after she announced she would not re-contest the next election following a damning report of complaints.

"That's what brought my career in politics to an end  -- being slut-shamed so viciously, with no ability to come back and stand up for myself," she told ABC's 7.30.

"I guess slut-shaming's the oldest trick in the book, to bring down a woman. It's almost used as a method of torture."

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Husar resigned from politics earlier this month, following allegations that ranged from misuse of travel entitlements to sexual harassment.

The most graphic of these allegations was a claim that Husar exposed herself in the company of a staffer -- who made the complaint -- and Labor frontbencher Jason Clare, in a Basic Instinct-style leg cross.

"It's utter garbage," she said. "Both Jason Clare and I have said that it didn't happen."

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment Jason Clare. Photo: AP.

She said the complainant wasn't even in Canberra on the day he alleged the harassment occurred.

Husar told ABC that she believes herself to be the target of a smear campaign after firing Anderson, who made 20 of the 44 complaints against her.

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Anderson strongly denies the claim.

Husar announced that she would not be re-contesting her Federal seat at the next election on August 8, three weeks after a report detailing the complaints was published.

A teary Husar told Nine that her reputation would never recover.

"It is an incredibly sad day for me. I have just derived immense pleasure from being able to represent my community, but enough is enough."

She will remain in parliament until the next election, expected to be held in May 2019.