Australian Labor politician and Member of Parliament, Peta Murphy, has died. The politician’s death was announced by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who said his government is devastated by the death of the 50-year-old politician. Peta Murphy cause of death is breast cancer.
She served as a member of the House of Representatives from 2019 until her death, representing the Victorian seat of Dunkley for the Australian Labor Party (ALP).
Murphy was born in Goulburn, New South Wales, and raised in Melbourne, Victoria. She studied law at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University. After completing her studies, she worked as a solicitor and barrister. She was also a Senior Public Defender at Victoria Legal Aid and a Team Leader at the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
Peta Murphy also served as Chief of Staff to Labor Shadow, Minister Brendan O’Connor, MP. She was elected to the House of Representatives at the 2019 federal election, defeating incumbent Liberal MP, Chris Crewther who is now a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.
Murphy was a passionate advocate for social justice and equality. She was a strong supporter of Medicare and public education, and she campaigned for improved access to affordable housing and childcare. She was also a vocal critic of the Coalition government’s cuts to welfare and spending on education and health.
Murphy died suddenly at her home in Frankston, Victoria, on 4 December 2023, at the age of 50. She is survived by her husband, Rod, and her two children.
Peta Murphy cause of death
The cause of death of Peta Murphy is breast cancer. The politician was first diagnosed with the disease in 2011. She fought it bravely and freed her self from it. However, in 2019, shortly after her electoral victory, the cancer returned. She battled it for the past years before succumbing to it today.
What Peta Murphy’s death means to the Labor Party?
The governing Australia Labor Party had 78 representatives in parliament, but the number now stands at 77 due to the demise of Murphy.
Meanwhile, per the constitution of Australia, whenever a sitting MP dies or resigns, a by-election must be held to find a replacement for the deceased member. When the by-election goes in favor of an opposition party, it means the Labor party lost a seat in the house.
Reactions to the death of the politician
When the news of the death of Murphy came, Australians, including several politicians and the Prime Minister, took to social media to express their condolences.
In a statement, the Australian PM said, “It was so true to Peta’s character that she channeled her personal battle with breast cancer into public policy, advocating always for others: for better treatment, more services and stronger support.”
“…2019, Peta received the news her cancer had returned two weeks prior to being sworn in as an MP. In her remarkable first speech in the Parliament she said: ‘I am neither unique nor alone in the fight I am about to take on’.
The statement continued, “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.”