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Dunkley Parliamentary Wrap

Welcome to the last Dunkley Parliamentary Wrap of 2021. 

As your federal representative, I want to keep you updated on the local issues I am raising in Canberra and what I am doing around our community. 

In this email you will find:

I saved my last 90 second speech this year to say thank you to our community.

2021 was another tough year in so many different ways. But through it, our community has shown why we are stronger together.

Thank you for everything you have done. I am indescribably proud to have represented all of you for the last 2 1/2 years. 

So, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing you around our wonderful community over Summer. 
It was a tumultuous end to parliament for the year. 

Again, we heard of incidents of unacceptable behaviour in and around the parliamentary workplace. It can't be said enough, Australians deserve a better standard than this. I will keep advocating for a system that holds parliamentarians to account. 

In better news, the Federal Government confirmed its divisive voter suppression laws will not proceed before the 2022 election. This is a win for democracy and I want to thank everyone who campaigned so effectively against these laws.  

You can hear more about the week in parliament below:

Housing Affordability

I started this week talking about housing affordability in our community. While rent has jumped again this year, real wages have gone backwards. 

In Australia today, it's harder to buy a home and harder to rent than ever before. And there are more Australians who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness than ever before. 

There is no single solution to this housing crisis. But Labor has a plan to start to tackle it.

You can read about our policy here

Set the Standard

If there's one thing about politics that unites our community, it's a deeply held wish for better standards. 

And a feeling that those who are currently in power aren't held to the same standards as your average person.

Which is why I welcome and support Kate Jenkin's report on the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces. The 'Set the Standard' Report sets out how to hold Parliamentarians to account for their bad behaviour - and how to change it. 

You can read the full report here.

Mitochondrial reform

This week, legislation was passed to legalise mitochondrial donation, allowing women to give birth without passing on a genetic disease. 

I am proud to have supported this legislation on behalf of Janine and Ruby from Frankston. And on behalf of the other families in our electorate whose babies have died and whose adult children have died from mitochondrial disease. 

Women's Economic Security 

The pandemic has deepened existing economic and social inequality for Australian women.

On Thursday, I shared the words of Amy from Seaford. Amy is concerned about the flow on effects of lost wages, lost super and lost opportunities for women with children as a result of COVID-19.

As our nation recovers, we need a government that listens to women and understands women as central builders of a stronger, post-Covid economy.

Be Safe Around Water This Summer

To celebrate the first day of Summer, I spoke about Frankston South brothers Ryan and Oscar. You can watch my speech here.

Last summer, Ryan and Oscar rescued three girls who were in trouble in the water at Canadian Bay beach.

They say they were in the right place at the right time, but they risked their own safety to bring the three girls back to shore. And they rightly received a life-saving award for their brave efforts.

For information on how you can be safe around water this summer, head to Royal Life Saving Australia

I gave speeches on a number of other topics this week including:

  • local manufacturing of medicines and access to medication; 
  • making space for young people to get involved in politics; and
  • again, calling on the Government to establish a Federal Anti-Corruption Commission. 

What's On In Dunkley

Christmas Outdoor Cinema - Multiple Locations
Dates: 3, 4, 10, 11 & 17 Dec 2021
Time: Gates open 6pm, movie commences 7pm

Christmas Carols in Sandhurst
Date: Saturday 4 December
Time: 5:30 - 8:30pm

Little Beauty Market - Frankston
Date: Saturday 11 December
Time: 9am-2pm

Christmas Carols in Frankston 
Date: Saturday 18 December 2021
Time: Gates open at 5.30pm, with Carols 7.30pm-9.00pm

Seaford Farmer's Market
Date: Sunday 19 December
Time: 8am-1pm

Christmas Donation Drive

Let's help spread the Christmas cheer in Dunkley. 

My office has teamed up with Community Support Frankston to collect donations of toys and non-perishable food to support families in need this festive season. 

Donations are welcome, 9am to 5pm, weekdays at 37 Playne St, Frankston. 

You can stay up to date with all my work as your Federal Member for Dunkley by subscribing to my YouTube channel and clicking 'Follow' on my Facebook page.

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As always, if you have any questions, need assistance or want to raise an issue with me, do not hesitate to email me at or call (03) 9781 2333.


Copyright © Peta Murphy 2021

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