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Born (1973-03-30) 30 March 1973 (age 50)
Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Labor Party
Spouse(s) Agatha
Alma mater Macquarie University
Website Personal 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 and March 2019 NSW state elections, which he narrowly lost. He is endorsed in the number 3 position on the ALP ticket for the NSW Legislative Council at the 2023 NSW state election.

Personal and early life

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. 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' 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.

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

Trustee, Lionel Murphy Foundation, 2004–present.

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.

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


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.

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.

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