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Why a Labor backbencher with breast cancer volunteered to get a COVID-19 vaccine

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“It was really to show people that have an underlying health condition that puts them into the phase 1b category, that I’ve got confidence in the vaccine, to be able to take it.”

Ms Murphy, who represents the south-east suburban Melbourne seat of Dunkley, found out she had metastatic breast cancer just days after entering parliament for the first time in 2019. She had been in remission, after first being diagnosed with the disease in 2011.

“I had excellent treatment and, having passed the five-year mark since my diagnosis, we were confident that I was in the clear,” she told this masthead shortly after learning the disease had returned.

Ms Murphy would have been included in phase 1b, as her ongoing cancer treatment means she is…



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