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man who had been overcharged $230,000 by his own law firm after he received a settlement for a botched operation.

Our own Chief Justice, Helen Murrell, recently relayed to me that Acting Justice Ashford was a compassionate and consummate professional who always conversed with court staff and took a great interest in them.

I am advised that on the afternoon of her passing Acting Justice Ashford was delighted that, having completed her assigned judicial tasks for the day, she was able to sit with Chief Justice Murrell on an admission ceremony for new practitioners at which the Chief Justice’s senior associate was admitted. Afterwards, Her Honour joined judicial staff in a small celebration and contributed a bottle of champagne.

That afternoon Her Honour recounted how a homing pigeon had recently adopted her. Dicky Bird, as the bird was named, was lucky to have found animal-loving Justice Ashford. She fed him breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although Her Honour’s dog, Bella, would chase away the other birds, it would leave Dicky Bird undisturbed.

Acting Justice Ashford adored animals. Until recently, she and Bella had the company of Hugo, the judge’s other labrador. Chief Justice Murrell had assisted Acting Justice Ashford to foster Bella and Hugo, although it was a complete coincidence that before they were adopted by Acting Justice Ashford, the beautiful labradors had acquired the same names as the Chief Justice’s dogs.

Acting Justice Ashford will be greatly missed for her intelligence and her patience, but mostly for her warmth and her kindness. I send my sincerest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. She was a valuable member of our legal community and she will be sorely missed.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.

Social media posts

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I wish to make a statement in relation to a number of social media posts by Mr Parton in recent days. Earlier this week Mr Parton posted a video to social media in which he used several photographs displayed on the ground floor of the Assembly building to amplify his comments that- a former Chief Minister was “supporting our million trees initiative”.

As I indicated in my email on Tuesday to all MLAs, the broadcasting guidelines, which have been endorsed by this Assembly, stipulate (a) that members must seek and obtain permission to take still photos of the Assembly and (b) that even when permission is sought and granted—in Mr Parton’s case, it was neither sought nor granted—filming must not be used for electioneering. In my view, using the photographs of the Assembly facilities to promote a Liberal Party election policy is a clear breach of these guidelines.

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