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Olivia Newton-John talks about her cancer centre with politicians in Canberra

Looking perennially youthful eight days before her 71st birthday and in good spirits despite reportedly battling stage-four breast cancer, Australia's favourite girl-next-door, Olivia Newton-John, was in Canberra on Wednesday to meet with politicians about her cancer centre.

Olivia Newton-John in the public gallery with her husband John Easterling (middle) Picture: Getty Images

She was in the public gallery during question time with her husband John Easterling, who she credits for introducing her to the benefits of pain relief from medicinal cannabis.

Newton-John, who turns 71 on September 26, met with Health Minister Greg Hunt and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese.

Mr Hunt tweeted after meeting with Newton-John: "A productive discussion today with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute & Minderoo, on the success of the rare cancer clinical trials being delivered at the ONJCRI. These clinical trials are protecting lives and saving lives".

Newton-John also tweeted about being "delighted" to meet Mr Albanese, Member for Jagajaga Kate Thwaites, whose electorate encompasses the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne, and her "new twin", Member for Dunkley Peta Murphy.

Olivia Newton-John in Question Time with her husband John Easterling (middle) and meeting UNICEF volunteers in the Marble Foyer.

The Grease star did stop in the Marble Foyer at Parliament House to speak to some UNICEF volunteers and pose for some photographs with them but her minders did not allow any questions, saying "No interviews". Newton-John did look very apologetic, however.

The Press Gallery Midwinter Ball is on Wednesday night but organisers say Newton-John is not slated to perform.

Originally published here: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6393641/onj-in-qt-at-parliament-house/

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