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MURPHY, PetaBiography for MURPHY, Peta

Member for Dunkley (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Dunkley, Victoria, 2019.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Selection from 22.7.2019; Social Policy and Legal Affairs from 22.7.2019.


Born 1.11.1973, Goulburn, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BSc (Psy) (Australian National University)

MCrim (University of Melbourne)

LLB (Australian National University)

Educator at the National Electoral Education Centre from 1993 to 1995.

Law Clerk at Chor Pee and Associates, 1998.

Justice and Arts Policy Advisor to the Hon Duncan Kerr MP from 1999 to 2001.

Graduate Employee in the ACT Public Service, 1999.

Solicitor Advocate at Robert Stary Lawyers from 2002 to 2007.

Barrister at the Victorian Bar from 2008 to 2016.

Senior Public Defender at Victorian Legal Aid from 2012 to 2014.

Team Leader at the Victorian Law Reform Commission, 2015.

Chief of Staff to the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP from 2017 to 2019.


Description: Dunkley

Location: south eastern outskirts of Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Baxter (part), Frankston, Frankston North, Frankston South, Langwarrin, Langwarrin South, Mt Eliza, Mornington, Seaford and Skye (part).

Area: 140 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 104,957 (at 2.7.2016)

Industries: light industry, commercial and retail.

Electorate: Dunkley includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Frankston, and parts of Carrum, Hastings and Mornington.