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Peta Murphy, ALP Member for Dunkley, Dies, 50

The death of Peta Murphy, the ALP member Dunkley, was announced to the Senate by the government leader, Penny Wong, at 2.00pm today.

Murphy died from breast cancer.

Formerly a solicitor advocate (2002-07) and barrister (2008-16), she was the Senior Public Defender at Victorian Legal Aid (2012-14) and Team Leader at the Victorian Law Reform Commission (2015). She was an adviser to former Attorney-General and future Federal Court judge Duncan Kerr (1999-2001). In opposition, she was Chief of Staff to the current Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor (2017-19).

Watch Senator Penny Wong announce Peta Murphy’s death to the Senate (2m):

Scams Consultation Paper Issued by Treasury

The Treasury has issued a consultation paper as part of the government’s process of developing a policy on tackling internet scams.

In the paper, the Treasury and the Department of Communications say:

“The government has committed to introduce new mandatory industry codes to outline the responsibilities of the private sector in relation to scam activity, with a focus on banks, digital communications platforms and telecommunications providers.

“Treasury and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (DITRDCA) are seeking feedback on the proposed features of the Scams Code Framework outlined in the discussion paper, which would introduce obligations for these key sectors to combat scams.”

Scams consultation

O’Neil and Giles Outline Albanese Government’s Policy on Released Detainees

The Minister for Home Affairs, Clare O’Neil, and the Minister for Immigration, Andrew Giles, have held a press conference to outline the Albanese government’s policy on the detainees ordered released by the High Court.

O’Neil outlined details of the citizenship cessation law that she later introduced in the House of Representatives.

The ministers provided an update on the implementation of the law the parliament passed at its last sitting and on the government’s response to NZYQ High Court decision.

The ministers were joined by Commissioner Mike Outram of the Australian Border Force.

Video of the press conference appears above. Audio and transcript are shown below:

Fraser Snatches Liberal Leadership from Snedden


Australia’s 22nd prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, died on this day in 2015. He was 84.

On March 21, 1975, Fraser defeated Bill Snedden to become leader of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition. In 7 months and 21 days he would be prime minister, following the coalition’s blocking of Supply in the Senate, which led to Whitlam’s dismissal by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr.

A motion to spill the Liberal leadership was carried by 36 votes to 28. Fraser then defeated Snedden by 37 votes to 27.

The audio clips on this page are all from March 1975. It’s only the second day I’ve been posting Five-A-Day, but this one contains eight.

Five-a-Day – March 1975

March 21, 1975: ABC radio’s PM program reports on Fraser’s election (12m)

March 21, 1975: Melbourne radio 3AW broadcaster Ormsby Wilkins assesses Fraser’s election (3m)

March 21, 1975: “I generally believe…” – Fraser’s remarks about blocking Supply to the Whitlam government (1m)

March 22, 1975: The Prefect – Whitlam’s response to Fraser’s remarks (1m>

March 22, 1975: Whitlam on the Liberals – extended version of Whitlam’s speech on the Liberals (9m)

March 21, 1975: Malcolm and Tamie Fraser interviewed by Michael Schildberger on Channel 9’s A Current Affair (4m)

March 21, 1975: Defeated leader Bill Snedden interviewed by the Richard Carleton on the ABC’s TDT at Canberra Airport (8m)

March 25, 1975: Fraser on Liberalism and the Whitlam government (2m)
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