Peta Murphy cause of death, age, net worth, husband, children, illness revealed

Peta Murphy

Peta Murphy was an Australian politician. She was a member of the House of Representatives from 2019 until her death in 2023.

Murphy, a barrister before she entered politics, first as a staffer and then as an MP, was hard working, empathic, principled, policy-oriented and plain-speaking. She was an unusually popular MP with friends from all sides of politics.

As chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, Murphy recommended in June that the Albanese government introduce a phased, comprehensive ban on online gambling advertising within three years.

Peta Murphy cause of death

Peta Murphy

Anthony Albanese has confirmed that Labor MP Peta Murphy died from breast cancer.

The prime minister struggled to hold back tears as he confirmed Murphy’s passing in a short statement from parliament house on Monday afternoon.

Murphy, the member for Dunkley, attended the final sitting week of the House of Representatives last week before returning home for palliative care. The MP died at home in the company of her parents and siblings and her husband of more than two decades, Rod Glover.

Albanese paid tribute to Murphy’s determination, passion, and “absolute authenticity.” He described the former MP as “the strongest of local members, the most inspiring of colleagues and the very best kind of friend”.

“Peta Murphy was brave, she was courageous, and she was loved,” Albanese said.

“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.”

“It was so true to Peta’s character that she channelled her personal battle with breast cancer into public policy, advocating always for others: for better treatment, more services and stronger support.”

Peta Murphy age

Peta Murphy

Peta Murphy was born on November 1, 1973, which means she was 50 years old when she passed away on December 4, 2023.

Murphy held Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the Australian National University, and a Master of Criminology degree from the University of Melbourne.

Prior to entering parliament, Murphy worked variously as a solicitor, barrister, Senior Public Defender at Victoria Legal Aid, Team Leader at the Victorian Law Reform Commission and as Chief of Staff to Labor Shadow Minister Brendan O’Connor MP.

Peta Murphy net worth

Peta Murphy’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million.

Peta Murphy husband

Peta Murphy

Peta Murphy was married to Rod Glover for over 20 years.

Rod Glover, a Baxter boy who introduced her to the region of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.

They moved to Dunkley permanently after Peta was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Rod was a supportive partner who helped Peta through her treatment and her political career23

Peta and Rod shared a love of sports, especially squash. Peta was a champion squash player who won several national and international titles.

Rod was also a keen squash player and a former president of Squash Victoria.

Peta Murphy children

Peta Murphy is survived by her husband for over years, Rod, her parents, and sister.

They were all together with the politician until her last moments. It is unknown if Murphy had any children with her spouse.

Peta Murphy

Peta Murphy illness

Peta Murphy was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 at the age of 37.

The cancer recurred around the time of her being sworn in to parliament in July 2019.

She died from cancer at her home on 4 December 2023.

Keith Wolahan, a Victorian Liberal MP who worked with Murphy on advancing gambling reform, said she was a parliamentarian of “character and principle”. The opposition backbencher said of his colleague: “You made a difference, and you will be missed.”

When it became known last week that Murphy was likely facing her final days, Nationals MP Darren Chester paid tribute to his friend in a warm personal speech before question time.

“Right now my friend, the member for Dunkley, is facing some serious health challenges. We know that. She is facing those challenges with courage, humility and good humour. It is bloody hard to watch,” Chester told the chamber.

“But I know she has earned the respect of all members in this place, on both sides of the chamber. We wish her great health and happiness as she faces those challenges in the days ahead. In the words of Pippi Longstocking: please remember you are the strongest girl in the world.”


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