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Peta Murphy MP

Peta Murphy is the first woman to represent the Federal seat of Dunkley since her election in 2019.

Before entering Parliament, Peta’s career was defined by a commitment to social justice and strong communities. She worked in the Victorian justice system, volunteered at her local Community Legal Centre, was a solicitor advocate, a Senior Public Defender at Victoria Legal Aid, a Barrister and a Team Leader at the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

After running as the Labor candidate for Dunkley in the 2016 election, Peta became Chief of Staff to The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations in 2017.

Peta has also worked as a Director on the Board of Peninsula Health.

Peta lives with her husband, and two gorgeous Labradors – Bert and Ernie.

In the 46th parliament Peta was a member of the House of Representatives Select Committee from 22.7.2019; Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee from 22.7.2019 and Economics Committee from 8.10.2020.

In the 47th parliament Peta is the Chair of the House Standing Committee on Social policy and Legal Affairs. She is also a member of the House Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport, the Joint Standing Committee on Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity and the Joint Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Audits.