Man who breached COVID-19 quarantine by going for run to be released from jail

A 42-year-old West Australian man who breached COVID-19 quarantine protocols by going for a run in a public park has been fined $1,200 and will be released from custody today.

Lingiari Linnie Challa Forrest, better known as Linnie, flew back into Perth from Queensland last month and was ordered to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period at his home in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Mr Forrest was initially issued a $1,000 infringement on August 22 after police caught him reversing from his driveway to go food shopping. Police were alerted because he did not have his headlights on.

He showed police he still had his suitcase in the boot and told the court “the engine was still hot” but he was still issued the infringement.

The Kalgoorlie Magistrate’s Court heard he had tested negative for coronavirus twice when he called police asking if he could go for a run and was told he would be arrested if he was caught.

He went anyway and was spotted by an off-duty police officer at Karlkurla Bushland Park, a popular local running track, and arrested on August 28.

Linnie Forrest flew back from Queensland to WA in August.(Supplied: Facebook)

Guilty plea to COVID-19 breach

Today Mr Forrest pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a direction under the State’s Emergency Management Act.

The court heard he had spent the past 14 days in custody and was initially in lockdown for 23 hours a day due to quarantine restrictions.

Mr Forrest’s lawyer, Leneva Polmear from the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA, said he went running to deal with mental health issues.

“He’s very physical — he runs and does boxing to relieve stress,” she said.

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Linnie Forrest is an avid runner and boxer.(Supplied: Facebook)

‘Feeling stir crazy’ no excuse

Speaking via video-link from Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison, Mr Forrest said he returned to Kalgoorlie-Boulder to pack up his house and move to Townsville to be near his teenage daughter.

He said he needed to get outside and exercise for his own mental wellbeing.

“It’s my medicine,” he said.

Magistrate Brie Ayling said she understood Mr Forrest was “feeling stir crazy” but it was no excuse.

The maximum penalty for failing to comply with the Emergency Management Act is 12 months’ imprisonment and a $50,000 fine.

WA Police would not provide statistics on how many people had been charged with or convicted of quarantine breaches this year, but there had been several high-profile cases.

Last month, a 53-year-old man sparked a COVID-19 scare at a Perth pub and a 29-year-old woman who breached quarantine rules three times was handed an eight-month suspended sentence.

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Woman who breached WA coronavirus border by hiding on truck handed six-month jail sentence

A 28-year-old Perth woman who snuck across WA’s hard border hidden on the back of a truck has received what is believed to be the toughest penalty handed down for breaching the state’s quarantine laws.

Asher Faye Vander Sanden, who had spent a month in coronavirus-hit Victoria, concealed herself from authorities at the border with South Australia by hiding in a car that was being transported by the truck.

She had been in Mildura, in regional Victoria, when she asked the driver to give her a lift to Perth.

The Perth Magistrates court was told Vander Sanden did have an exemption allowing her to fly to Perth, but was told that after she arrived she would have to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at her own expense.

Police prosecutor Ian McDowall said after crossing the border, Vander Sanden was taken to a service station in Midland where she rang her partner and asked him to collect her.

Police tried to locate her, but Senior Constable McDowall said she failed to disclose her whereabouts.

She was arrested at a unit in Scarborough about 10 days after her arrival in the state, and has spent the past fortnight in quarantine while in custody.

Vander Sanden ‘self-quarantined’: lawyer

Vander Sanden’s lawyer, John Hammond, said his client had indicated from when she was first charged that she would plead guilty to the offence of failing to comply with a direction.

He said she had “self-quarantined” while she was in the Scarborough unit with her partner and had no contact with any “third party”.

Vander Sanden was eventually found by police in her partner’s unit in Scarborough.(Facebook: Asher Vander Sanden)

Mr Hammond said Vander Sanden had gone to Victoria to look after her sister who was unwell, but decided to return to Perth when she could not cope.

He acknowledged Vander Sanden did have a criminal record, saying that was related to “a meth habit” but that she no longer used the drug.

Police condemn ‘deceitful and dishonest’ acts

Senior Constable McDowall argued an immediate jail term should be imposed, describing Vander Sanden as being “deceitful and dishonest” for no other reason than “selfishness”.

He said she had shown “a complete disregard” for the community and could have caused an outbreak of coronavirus and potentially further lockdowns in WA.

Magistrate Andrew Matthews described Vander Sanden’s actions as “a very serious offence”, saying they undermined what Western Australia had done to prevent community spread of “this hideous virus”.

He also said it was serious because she had travelled from Victoria, which he described as a “hotspot” for COVID-19.

Magistrate Matthews imposed a sentence of six months, backdated to August 12 when Vander Sanden was arrested.

He also made her eligible for parole.

The sentence is believed to be the harshest imposed among WA’s series of COVID-19 quarantine breaches, which carry a maximum jail term of 12 months.

At least three other people have been jailed, receiving sentences of six months, but the terms were partially suspended, meaning they had to spend only about a month behind bars.

They included 35-year-old Jonathan David, who was recorded by hotel security cameras repeatedly leaving quarantine to travel to Armadale by public transport.

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Aussie cricketers set to face penalties should protocols be breached

“We have been really strong with guys over the last couple of weeks that we literally do everything we can that is in line with the protocols that one, keeps the global game going because, at the end of the day, if that falls over, we are all out of jobs and the game is not in a healthy state which we can’t afford to have.

“I think there has been so much time and effort that has gone in from thousands of people to give us the opportunity to play international cricket again. Even just leaving Australia, leaving Victoria, to be able to leave Australia is a big process.”


This will be Australia’s first series since the aborted white-ball series against New Zealand in March because of the fallout of the pandemic.

England have successfully staged Test series against the West Indies and Pakistan and a white-ball series against Ireland but there was drama when Jofra Archer was fined more than $27,000 and received an official written warning for breaching biosecurity protocols for making an unauthorised visit to his home outside of the team’s hub.

The England and Wales Cricket Board needs the Australian series to go ahead smoothly for it has already taken a major hit financially this year.

The Australians will stay and train in a biosecure hub in Derby upon their arrival before the first Twenty20 international is held on September 4 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The three ODIs will be at Old Trafford in Manchester. Both venues have hotels on site to cater for safety measures.

Australia’s cricketers have taken note of the punishments handed out in the AFL and NRL for coronavirus breaches, which have included fines and suspensions.

Life in a hub won’t be easy, and Michael Lloyd, the Australian team’s travelling psychologist, has already begun dealing with players one on one about mapping out their own individual plans on how to handle a tour where they can only leave the team hotel for training.

Finch will have Pat Cummins as his only official vice-captain, for Alex Carey, who had shared the role, will remain a leader but without a title. The decision came after a review of leadership positions, where it was felt a traditional set-up was best.


“That was one of my recommendations on the back of the South Africa. Just try and streamline that process a little bit more, especially on the field. We feel as though that Paddy has everything covered off the field as well but just on the field, just having that one direct line of communication for me is really important,” Finch said.

“At times, if you have seven or eight different guys going to three or four people … sometimes it can be a little bit clouded.”

Cricket Australia says Cummins’ ascension doesn’t necessarily mean he will be the next captain – the role of vice-captain was urged to be “de-coupled” from the captaincy in the Longstaff cultural report in 2018 – but his stand-alone title does carry weight.

Test skipper Tim Paine has said Cummins could be Australia’s next red-ball captain, with Michael Clarke and Geoff Lawson among others to back him.


Finch said all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, back in favour after a miserable World Cup last year, had plenty to offer because of his “skill set” and power game.

Once the England tour is done, Finch will be among a group of Australian and England players who will then head directly to the United Arab Emirates, where the relocated Indian Premier League will be staged from September 19.

Finch stressed all cricketers this summer, whether playing at home or abroad in international or domestic cricket, needed to be flexible when it came to dealing with a fixture that was likely to be compromised.

Australia’s T20 and ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

England schedule
August 23: Fly from Perth to England, transfer to Derby

Australia will play three T20 and one 50-over intra-squad practice games

September 4: 1st T20: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
September 6: 2nd T20: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
September 8: 3rd T20: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
September 11: 1st ODI: Old Trafford, Manchester
September 13: 2nd ODI: Old Trafford, Manchester
September 16: 3rd ODI,: Old Trafford, Manchester

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Thousands of CRA accounts breached following pair of cyberattacks

The Canada Revenue Agency has revealed it was recently hit by two cyberattacks resulting in breaches to the agency’s My Account, My Business Account and Represent a Client services.

The agency confirmed Saturday that as of Aug. 14, about 5,500 accounts had been affected by the separate attacks but that the breaches are now contained.

“The CRA quickly identified the impacted accounts and disabled access to these accounts to ensure the safety and security of the taxpayer’s information,” CRA spokesperson Christopher Doody wrote in an email.

“The CRA is continuing to analyze both incidents. Law enforcement assistance has been requested from RCMP and an investigation has been initiated.”

The admission came after repeated inquiries from CBC News after CBC noticed a pattern of similar hacks occurring over the past two weeks. 

Earlier this month, Canadians began reporting online that email addresses associated with their CRA accounts had been changed, their direct deposit information altered and that CERB payments had been issued in their name even though they had not applied for the benefit.

Most reported that they were first alerted to the suspicious activity after receiving legitimate emails from the CRA confirming that their email addresses had been discontinued.

Attacks based on reused usernames, passwords

The incidents are a type of attack known as “credential stuffing,” the Treasury Board’s Office of the Chief Information Officer said in a statement.

“These attacks, which used passwords and usernames collected from previous hacks of accounts worldwide, took advantage of the fact that many people reuse passwords and usernames across multiple accounts.”

Aside from CRA accounts, thousands of others linked to GCKey — a secure portal that allows Canadians to access government services online — were also affected.

“Of the roughly 12 million active GCKey accounts in Canada, the passwords and usernames of 9,041 users were acquired fraudulently and used to try and access government services, a third of which accessed such services and are being further examined for suspicious activity,” the statement read.

Canada’s cyber intelligence agency recommends that anyone affected by the breach update their passwords immediately and to choose something they will not use for any other account.

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AFL coronavirus rules breached by Collingwood coaches Nathan Buckley and Brenton Sanderson

Collingwood has been hit with an effective $25,000 fine from the AFL after senior coach Nathan Buckley and assistant coach Brenton Sanderson broke coronavirus protocols by playing a tennis match with people outside their club contacts.

In a statement, the AFL said the Magpies reported the breach of the Return to Play protocols to the league today after Buckley and Sanderson played the tennis game on Friday with “two people from outside of the approved club people”.

“Both Buckley and Sanderson immediately reported the inadvertent breach to Collingwood officials when they realised they didn’t have the appropriate approval to partake in the activity,” the statement said.

AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said the league appreciated Collingwood’s self-reporting of the breach and had sanctioned them $50,000, half of which would be suspended.

“We note that tennis is an approved exercise activity however approved participants are limited to approved club staff, players, household members and immediate family,” he said.

“Notwithstanding the inadvertent nature of this breach, it doesn’t excuse the responsibility to abide by the protocols.”

Buckley and Sanderson ask to pay fine

In a separate statement, Collingwood said Buckley and Sanderson had accepted responsibility for their actions and had asked to personally pay the effective $25,000 fine themselves.

“At the time, we believed we had followed and adhered to the protocols as required but after returning to the hotel and readdressing the circumstances it became crystal clear that we had breached the current AFL protocols,” the pair were quoted as saying.

“The competition is asking its constituents to make great sacrifices for the show to go on and we have all accepted these for the long-term future of the industry and the privilege of participating within it.”

The club’s chief executive Mark Anderson said the breach was a “very disappointing reminder” of the vigilance required to keep the competition running.

“Our game has been granted the right to continue to play by governments around the country,” he said.

“In exchange for that right, we simply must do all that we can to protect the health of our players, staff and the communities in which we are living and playing.

“As a club, we apologise, vow to be better and fully accept the penalty.”

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Police arrest wanted Victorian man who breached SA coronavirus border restrictions

A Victorian man who crossed the border into South Australia without passing through a coronavirus checkpoint has been fined and arrested, after checks revealed he was already wanted by police.

The man was stopped on a backroad near Bordertown, in South Australia’s south-east, on Wednesday night after being detected by a mobile police patrol.

Police arrested the man after discovering there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest in South Australia and Victoria.

Limestone Coast police superintendent Phil Hoff said the man was given a $1,000 fine for failing to cross the border on one of the mandated roads.

“He definitely didn’t have an essential traveller requirement, he wasn’t close border community,” he said.

“But they’re not the only requirements we have now, there are also the checkpointed roads where people must cross and he hadn’t crossed over at one of those sites.”

Superintendent Hoff said patrols were set up along the border.(ABC South East SA: Isadora Bogle)

He said he was comforted by the man’s detection by the mobile police patrol, and said police had a strong presence along the border.

“The message should well and truly be out there — that there’s only certain roads you’re allowed to come in on, make sure you do that,” Superintendent Hoff said.

“Most of the roads now have some signage that indicate you can’t come through, and if people want to throw down the gauntlet and drive around those things, it’s a fairly hefty hit in the hip pocket.”

The man appeared in court in Mount Gambier yesterday and was remanded in custody.

He is the second Victorian man to be caught flouting coronavirus directions in South Australia since a hard border closure came into effect.

Last week, a man was charged with failing to follow directions to self-isolate for two weeks upon his arrival in South Australia.

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Cars lined up at a border checkpoint at Bordertown.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

SA Police attended a property in Glenelg after receiving information the man was not quarantining at the place nominated by him following his entry into the state from Victoria.

He was then spotted allegedly leaving the address and driving away in a Holden SUV.

Patrols followed him and discovered he had only booked himself accommodation for a single night, as opposed to the 13 nights he was required to self-isolate.

The 35-year-old from Keysborough, in Melbourne’s south-east, was charged with failing to comply with a direction, and was refused bail.

Stowaways escorted back to Victoria

Yesterday, four men who hid in a freight train and travelled into South Australia in breach of COVID–19 laws were returned to Victoria.

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SA Police officers led the men in pairs through Adelaide Airport.

They were arrested at Adelaide’s Regency Park rail yard on Wednesday after stowing away on the freight train which was travelling from Melbourne to Perth.

The men, all aged in their twenties, escaped conviction after admitting the offences and each was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

As they were escorted by police at Adelaide Airport, one of the men was questioned by media.

When asked what they would do once they arrived back in Melbourne he said: “Can’t do much, can we?”

“We obviously didn’t want to waste anyone’s time,” he said.

The case prompted a political stoush, with Labor calling for changes to the Emergency Management Act to increase penalties for breaching border restrictions.

Premier Steven Marshall said it was “disappointing” tougher penalties were not imposed.

“Those people who are breaching that hard border should feel the consequences.”

Man allegedly coughs on police officer

Meanwhile, a man has lost his licence and will face court after allegedly coughing in the face of a police officer in Adelaide’s south this morning.

Police patrols stopped a black Nissan that was spotted travelling at speed on Dyson Road at Christies Beach about 1:00am on Friday.

The driver was submitted to a roadside breath test and taken to a police station for breath analysis where he failed to comply with the test.

The 30-year-old man from Clearview was arrested and charged with assault and refusing to comply with a breath test. 

His vehicle was impounded for 28 days and he received an immediate loss of licence for 12 months.

He was refused bail and will appear before the Christies Beach Magistrates Court today.

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Portland COVID-19 case likely to have spread, but Melbourne lockdown laws weren’t breached, says hospital

The head of a south-west Victorian hospital says an active coronavirus case in the region is likely to have spread.

A Melbourne woman was tested in Portland on the weekend and returned a positive COVID-19 result on Wednesday.

Portland District Health (PDH) revealed the news of the positive test, triggering concerns on social media the woman had breached lockdown rules by leaving Melbourne.

But PDH chief executive Chris Giles said that was not the case, saying the woman was a regular visitor to Portland and was in town before Melbourne was locked down.

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Portland District Health CEO Chris Giles says a Melbourne woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in Portland did not breach Melbourne lockdown laws.(ABC South West Victoria: Daniel Miles)

“They’ve done all the right things — they haven’t actually broken any of the lockdown rules and as soon as they developed symptoms they came to our clinic and got tested.

“They did all the appropriate things while in the clinic, like wearing a mask, and then went home and have self-isolated in their place here in Portland.”

Close contact likely

However Ms Giles said the case was not to be taken lightly.

“I’m sure there’s going to be places in Portland that will be doing a very deep thorough clean.”

Ms Giles said close contacts were being tested, and PDH had put extra resources into its drive-thru testing clinic.

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Resources are being increased at Portland’s drive-thru testing clinic, which is much like this facility in Keilor, Melbourne.(AAP: James Ross)

She said they were also sending swabs to a different testing lab to ensure results returned faster.

Ms Giles previously criticised Australian Clinical Labs for delays in providing test results.

“We’re going to put them through to the Barwon Health labs for a while, rather than our normal provider so we can get the results back quicker,” she said.

Community response

She said it was up to the people of Portland to do the right thing to prevent COVID-19 from getting a foothold in the community.

“It’s a really virulent infectious little virus and if we start blaming people, we’re going to drive it underground.

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Portland recently featured in a jokey anti-tourism campaign aimed at deterring Melbourne visitors who might spread COVID-19.(Supplied: Jess Wheeler)

“People (need to be) physically distancing, doing their handwashing, not going out when they’re sick.

“It’s ok if you go down to the supermarket and there’s crowds of people (to) not go in.

“If you don’t put yourself in that situation, you wouldn’t worry about the fact that someone’s been in our community with COVID-19.

“This is something we don’t know a lot about, but let’s work together to actually get through this.”

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Twitter hacked: Obama, Biden, Musk and Gates accounts reportedly breached with bitcoin gambit

Twitter was on fire on Wednesday after a security breach that hacked the accounts of prominent public figures including Barack Obama and Joe Biden flew into the public domain.

The incursion appears to be centered around a cryptocurrency scam. The tweets, which were fake, offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a bitcoin address. The posts have been deleted but Euronews took screenshots of some of them.

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Twitter responded as news flew around the platform, sending the hashtag #twitterhacked to the top of the trending charts.

For a short while, verified accounts were unable to tweet. The platform then added more information.

In terms of the political targets, it was Democrats and other figures on the left that took the brunt of the scam. Inevitably this drew comparisons with US circles to the 2016 US presidential campaign. Biden’s current campaign team praised Twitter’s integrity team for locking down the account “within a few minutes of the breach.”

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Sydney pub hit with $5,500 fine after huge queue breached COVID-19 rules

A pub in Sydney’s japanese suburbs has been hit with a $5,500 fantastic immediately after hundreds of people have been photographed ready outside in breach of coronavirus principles.

The NSW liquor and gaming watchdog reported photographs of around 250 buyers in front of the Golden Sheaf Lodge on Wednesday evening were despatched to law enforcement, which led them to examine.

“The circumstance on Wednesday night time posed a severe danger to public well being,” a spokesman for Liquor & Gaming NSW stated.


“We require to mail a apparent information to this business enterprise and other folks that if you are not doing the appropriate matter you will be held to account and we will escalate our enforcement steps for all those who set the general public at hazard.”

“We want organizations to keep open and carry on to trade and even though we all require to accept that functioning a small business is a unique prospect now, in all situations it must be performed responsibly to protect the general public from the risk of COVID-19 bacterial infections.”

This was the 3rd time Liquor & Gaming NSW had inspected the location through the pandemic.

Justine Baker, the main govt of the Solotel Group that runs the pub, mentioned they labored instantly with law enforcement to resolve the problem.

“We consider the security of our visitors and personnel really significantly, which is why we will now be taking bookings only on Wednesday nights from 8pm and we will be employing extra workers and safety to guarantee social distancing is adhered to and we have a most of 20 persons in our queues at any just one time,” she stated in a assertion.

Two recent COVID-19 situations have been linked to one more pub in southwest Sydney, with the venue temporarily closed and authorities hunting for a third man or woman who could have unfold the infection.

Health and fitness Minister Brad Hazzard on Friday reported a person in his 50s had been at the Crossroads Resort in Casula on 3 July, the very same night as an earlier circumstance.

“Now, obviously, that has main ramifications simply because that seems to be … a most likely point of relationship where by the two people today could have basically occur into some get hold of at minimum with the virus,” Mr Hazzard explained.

Everyone who attended Crossroads Resort very last Friday is now getting asked to self-isolate and come ahead for tests immediately if they produce even the mildest of indications.

Meanwhile, Mr Hazzard mentioned dozens of persons who have been analyzed in the Balmain and Rozelle location have been asked to get retested just after 77 swabs ended up “misplaced in the method”.

He mentioned he experienced asked NSW Pathology to look at what technique challenges could possibly have brought about the mistake.

NSW recorded 13 other COVID-19 conditions in the 24 hrs to 8pm Thursday, all in lodge quarantine, from a lot more than 18,500 assessments.

Much more than a single million COVID-19 assessments have been carried out in NSW due to the fact tests began.

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Liberal politician Mark Parton kicked out of ACT’s parliament over TikTok video that breached rules

A Liberal politician has been ejected from the ACT Legislative Assembly after he refused to delete a social-media video that mocked the institution’s rules.

Mark Parton posted a video on TikTok, Facebook and Twitter earlier this week that contained about three seconds of footage of a portrait of former Labor chief minister Jon Stanhope.

The portrait hangs on a wall in the Legislative Assembly, which forbids anyone from filming inside the building without the Speaker’s permission.

The Assembly’s broadcasting policy also prevents people from using its facilities for electioneering.

Mr Parton said in his film that Mr Stanhope, who often criticises his former Labor colleagues, was “supporting our [Liberal Party] million trees initiative”.

After the video was published, the Assembly Speaker, Labor’s Joy Burch, sent a letter to all MLAs, which reminded them of the filming rules and warned them against breaching them.

However, Mr Parton published a second video titled “Don’t destroy democracy”, in which he said Ms Burch’s warning was “very clearly directed at me”.

He described the Assembly policy by saying “you’re not actually allowed to [film] because, I don’t know, it destroys democracy or something”.

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Mark Parton suggests Legislative Assembly rules ‘destroy democracy’

Ms Burch ordered Mr Parton this morning to delete both videos.

She told the Assembly that Mr Parton’s first video used images of Assembly facilities to “promote a Liberal Party election policy”, which was “a clear breach” of the rules.

Under separate parliamentary rules, members are only allowed to criticise the Speaker by raising a formal complaint under the standing orders.

“I would remind members that there is an election due in October this year and there may be over 100 candidates seeking to be elected to this place,” Ms Burch said

“None of those candidates will be able to use the Assembly’s facilities to further their election campaigns.”

Joy Burch sits in the Speaker's chair in the ACT Legislative Assembly.
The Speaker, Joy Burch, says Mr Parton had implied that she lacked impartiality.(ABC News: Tamara Penniket)

Mr Parton apologised for breaching the broadcast guidelines and committed to staying within them “for the balance of the term”.

However, while he deleted the first video, which featured Mr Stanhope’s portrait, he initially refused to delete the second.

“At this stage, Madame Speaker, I am continuing to receive advice on the second video, and it still remains,” he explained.

The parliament voted along party lines to remove him from the chamber, and Ms Burch ordered him to be barred from re-entering until both videos were removed. He deleted the second video later on Thursday.

Mr Parton was a radio presenter and social-media consultant before he was elected to the Assembly in 2016.

The next ACT election will be held on October 17.

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