Cameron Murphy

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Cameron Murphy

Cameron Murphy AM 11 April 2014.jpg
Personal details
Born (1973-03-30) 30 March 1973 (age 46)
Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor Party
Alma materMacquarie University
WebsitePersonal Website

Cameron Lionel Murphy AM (born 30 March 1973) is an Australian barrister, civil libertarian and Labor Party political candidate.

Murphy is a member of the New South Wales Bar Association and is admitted as a lawyer in NSW. He specialises in Industrial Law, Workplace Health & Safety, Administrative Law and Intellectual Property Law. He is best known for his role as the President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties from 1999-2013 and was endorsed as the ALP candidate in the seat of East Hills for the March 2015 NSW state election, which he narrowly lost. He is the endorsed ALP candidate for East Hills again at the 2019 NSW state election.

Personal and early life[edit]

Murphy is the son of former Attorney-General and High Court Justice, Lionel Murphy and Ingrid Gee (née Grzonkowski). Murphy has two siblings, a half sister Lorel and a brother Blake.[1] Murphy was educated at Macquarie University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. He is married to Agatha and has two children, a son Finbar and a daughter Ariadne.


Murphy was an intern under the Australian Council of Trade Unions 'Organising Works'[2] program in its inaugural year, 1994, where he trained in recruitment and organising of workers. He was placed as an Organiser with the Forestry Division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and upon graduation he continued to work there from 1994-1997 becoming an Industrial Officer in 1996-1997.

President, NSW Council for Civil Liberties, 1999-2013.

Statutory Board Member, Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, 2003-2009.[3]

Member, Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal of New South Wales, 2003-2008.[4]

Trustee, Lionel Murphy Foundation, 2004–present.[5]

Operations Manager, International Underwriting Services Pty Ltd, 2008-2011.

Director of Employee Benefits, Coverforce Pty Ltd, 2011-2014.

Member, Australian Labor Party National Policy Forum, 2012–Present.

Board Member, Light on the Hill Society, 2015–Present.[6]

Barrister at Denman Chambers 2016–Present.[7] Murphy practices in Employment/Industrial, Administrative and Human Rights Law.

Political career[edit]

In 2012, Murphy stood as a candidate in the NSW Labor Party's trial community preselection for the Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney. He was unsuccessful, with Linda Scott winning the community preselection.[8][9]

In 2012, he stood as a candidate in the rank and file ballot for the ALP National Policy Forum on a human rights platform and he was elected as one of only six rank and file representatives from NSW.[10] In 2016, he was re-elected for a second three-year term with the second-highest vote tally of the five NSW candidates elected.

In 2014, Murphy was preselected as the Labor candidate for the state electorate of East Hills, defeating Nicole Campbell in a rank and file preselection by 103 votes to 61 (weighted up to 73.2 under the ALP rules affirmative action weighting for female candidates).[11][12] He was narrowly defeated by the sitting Liberal Party member at the 2015 New South Wales state election

In February 2017, he was preselected once again, unopposed, as the Labor candidate for East Hills at the 2019 New South Wales state election.[13]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]


  • 30 March 1973 – 8 June 2014: Mr. Cameron Murphy
  • 9 June 2014 – present : Mr. Cameron Murphy AM


In 2013, Murphy was a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Awards 2013 in the "Community (Individual) Award - Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award" category.[14]

In 2013, Murphy was made an Honorary Life Member of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties.

In 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to the community through a range of human rights and civil liberty organisations.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Enigmatic smile on the landscape". Sydney Morning Herald. 17 October 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  2. ^ "ACTU Organising Works". Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  3. ^ "NSW Anti-Discrimination Board Annual Report 2002-2003". Archived from the original on 2014-06-05. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b "The Queen's Birthday 2014 Honours List" (PDF). Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Lionel Murphy Foundation Trustees".
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  8. ^ "ALP lord mayor race rocked by stacking, secret preference deal". Crikey. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Labor's community preselection trial". The South Sydney Herald. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  10. ^ "National Policy Forum NSW Candidates". NSW Labor. 5 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Liberals and Nationals to face off in Goulburn". Sydney Morning Herald. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Civil rights fighter wins". Local News Plus. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  13. ^ "East Hills Labor Candidate Cameron Murphy Makes Political Comeback". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  14. ^ "AHRC Community Individual Awards". Retrieved 17 June 2014.