Labor MP Peta Murphy Dies After Years Of Battling Breast Cancer
Anthony Albanese has confirmed that Labor MP Peta Murphy has died from breast cancer, aged 50.
The prime minister announced her passing at a press conference in Canberra on Monday.
Mr Albanese paid tribute to Murphy’s determination and passion, “Peta Murphy was brave, she was courageous, and she was loved.”
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Ms Murphy was first elected to parliament in 2019 and was reelected in 2022. In June, Ms Murphy recommended that the Albanese’s government introduce a comprehensive ban on online gambling advertising within three years.
“Right up to last week, she was asking questions in the House, raising awareness of issues she cared about and standing up for the community she was so proud to represent,” he said.
“Together with the Breast Cancer Network Australia, Peta advocated for a national registry for metastatic cancer patients. Such was her dedication to this cause, she travelled to Canberra last week to launch the national report,” he added.
“In so many wonderful ways, Peta was unique. But as someone who inspired such affection and respect in the hearts of so many, she was never alone.”
Ms Murphy was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer that was treatable but not curable. Her medical condition changed from oral chemotherapy to intravenous chemotherapy.
Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong told the Senate: “This is the saddest of days for the Labor family.”
“Peta was loved, she was respected by all of us, greatly admired by her community who she represented with passion and determination even through all of her illness.
“Peta’s strength was unmatched and she’ll be greatly missed by us all.”
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