Australia Qld Labor MP resigns in cancer battle

10:30  22 april  2021
10:30  22 april  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Queensland MP Duncan Pegg has delivered an emotional speech to state parliament , revealing is battling cancer but hopes to continue in his role. "Of course there will be times when my treatment comes first but if there is one thing I have learned about cancer already, it is that I am not alone. "I have the support of my family, my friends and of course fantastic Queensland doctors, nurses and hospital staff.

A brand new Labor MP sworn into federal parliament just two weeks ago has vowed to fight on after discovering her cancer had returned. Peta Murphy, who won the Melbourne seat of Dunkley at the May 18 election, received the unexpected news last week that the cancer was back after five years in the clear. "Her first battle with cancer led her to run for parliament - and her second isn't going to keep her away," he tweeted. "The whole Labor family is with you in this fight. You've got this. #respect."

A plea for politicians to listen to those with terminal illness ahead of a vote on assisted dying has been made by a Queensland MP set to resign amid ongoing cancer treatment.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Queensland MP Duncan Pegg plans to step down from politics to focus on his battle with cancer. © Glenn Hunt/AAP PHOTOS Queensland MP Duncan Pegg plans to step down from politics to focus on his battle with cancer.

Addressing the chamber on Thursday afternoon, Labor MP Duncan Pegg said he would formally submit his resignation in coming weeks.

"Based on my most recent medical advice, I will no longer be able to continue to both fight cancer and also fight for my local area in the manner in which my community deserves," he told parliament.

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Queensland Labor 's longest-serving state MP Jo-Ann Miller has resigned , effectively immediately, amid escalating tensions within the Labor party. It comes three days after Ms Miller publicly acknowledged growing tensions between herself, some backbench MPs After delivering her letter to the Speaker, Ms Miller lost her footing walking down from the Chair and was caught by former foe and Liberal National MP Jarrod Bleijie. She was told to leave the House minutes after her resignation given she was no longer an MP . More than a dozen MPs, many from the Opposition, hugged Ms Miller as

The Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, Alan Keen, has died at the age of 73 after what Gordon Brown calls a "heroic fight" against cancer . As well as being chairman of the all-party football group, he was also chairman of the equivalent athletics group and a member of the Commons Culture, Media and Sports Committee. His time as a football scout included the period when Jackie Charlton was Middlesbrough manager, and he claimed part of the credit for bringing Graeme Souness to the club.

Queensland is expected to debate voluntary assisted dying laws later this year, and Mr Pegg spoke frankly as someone who has been fighting cancer for 18 months, regularly attending clinics and speaking with patients with terminal illness.

"Let's be very clear, people with terminal illnesses don't want to die, they want to live. They fight to live every day. I personally fight to live every day," he said.

"However, if you are diagnosed terminal then ultimately you are going to face death. People with terminal illnesses won't have an option.

"I will not tell members how to vote your conscience, but before making a decision I encourage every MP in this place to make sure they speak to and listen to people with terminal illnesses and their families."

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Former Queensland state Labor minister Tim Mulherin has died, aged 63, after a long battle with cancer . Mr Mulherin was Primary Industries and Fisheries minister under former premier Peter Beattie before going on to hold the portfolio for Rural and Regional Economies in the Bligh government. Following Labor 's crushing 2012 election defeat he hung on, becoming deputy opposition leader to now-Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. The premier said Mr Mulherin had a heart "as big as Queensland ". "I've lost a friend but Queensland has lost a champion," she said in a statement on

Labour MP John MacDougall has died after a long illness. Mr MacDougall, 60, lost his battle with cancer at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife. Former oil rig construction yard worker Mr MacDougall underwent surgery at Guy's Hospital in London last year to try to treat the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma. He had served Fife for more than 20 years, after being elected to Fife Regional Council in 1982. Mr MacDougall later became the leader of the council and also served as the director of Glenrothes Development Corporation and Fife Enterprise before being elected to the House of

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk paid tribute to the Member for Stretton, who was first elected in 2015.

"As Duncan put it, he is among 30,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer each year," she said.

Mr Palaszczuk praised his devotion to his community and dedication to education.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli said Mr Pegg would be missed.

"Duncan Pegg is passionate about his community, his colleagues and cricket," he said.

"Duncan has fought this battle with the same tenacity as he has for his community and values."

Mr Pegg was awarded the Queensland Public Service Award from the Queensland Intercultural Society for his community work in 2017.

Prior to being elected to parliament, the 41-year-old worked as a lawyer with a focus on employment and insurance law.

His position will be filled with a by-election.

Nicola Roberts wears a black cardigan and jeans for shopping spree .
The Girls Aloud star, 35, was sure to turn heads when she stepped out for a shopping spree in Regent Street, London, on Saturday. The Girls Aloud star, 35, put on a casual display and showed off a glimpse oh her toned midriff in a black cardigan and grey high-waist jeans. © Provided by Daily Mail Stylish: Nicola Roberts showed off a glimpse of her toned midriff as she slipped into a cropped black cardigan and grey jeans for shopping spree in London on Saturday Nicola kept her look simple by stepping out in a pair of black ballet pumps, and she accessorised with a small handbag.

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