Emotional PM reveals death of Labor MP
Anthony Albanese has led tributes on the floor of parliament to the late Labor MP Peta Murphy, praising her determination and resilience. Photo: AAP
Labor MP Peta Murphy has died, an emotional Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has revealed.
Murphy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in 2019, died on Monday, with her family at her bedside.
“A short time ago Peta Murphy passed away at home. Which was her wish. Her husband of 24 years, Rod, was with her. Along with her parents, and her sisters,” Albanese said.
“Every one of us in the Labor family is broken-hearted by the death of our beloved Peta Murphy.”
Murphy, 50, won the Melbourne seat of Dunkley at the 2019 election, and received the unexpected news just two weeks later that her cancer was back after five years in the clear.
“While this has come as a shock, my doctor advises me that my condition is treatable and that he expects me to do well with treatment, which I will start in the coming weeks,” she said at the time.
She was in Canberra as recently as last week.
“She was clearly very much not well. She had some devastating diagnosis and went through a range of treatments,” Albanese said.
“But she travelled to Canberra last week to try to launch the national report [into online gambling]. As ill as she was, she was again thinking of others.”
A clearly emotional Albanese, at times struggling to continue, said Murphy inspired affection and respect among many.
“While Peta’s was a life so very well lived, it is hard to come to terms with the fact that she’s no longer with us,” he said.
“Peta Murphy was someone who was respected by all who saw her extraordinary contribution in such a short period of time.”
Murphy is survived by her husband of 24 years, Rod.
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