/ 05 December 2023

A Labor MP taken too soon


Peta Murphy might not be someone you have heard of unless you’re following federal politics closely. The member for Dunkley (located on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula) was elected in 2019 after her first run ended in defeat in 2016, and she was re-elected in 2022. During her relatively short time in the federal parliament, Peta made an impact, particularly in the area of gambling reform. So it was a shock when PM Anthony Albanese confirmed that she had died yesterday at 50yo after a long illness. She was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, and it was back in 2019, just as she was getting ready to be sworn in as an MP for the first time. Albanese highlighted her strength, noting she travelled to Canberra last week for a breast cancer event, and said his government was “broken-hearted”. On Insta, her family said, “she died the way she lived – with dignity and strength and a touch of sarcasm to boot”.

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