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Court no place for commentary: Rinaudo

AAP logoAAP 28/11/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Queensland Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo says the court is no place for political commentary after a magistrate made supportive remarks to three women charged over a political protest.

Scarlett Squire, Kelly Purnell and Ellen Sargent pleaded guilty in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court last week and were each fined $100 for unregulated, high-risk activity and obstructing police.

The trio scaled Mr Dutton's office in Strathpine on November 2 in protest over the government's proposed lifetime ban on refugees arriving by boat.

But Magistrate Trevor Morgan, who sentenced them, said if one of his daughters had done what they did he would "probably be very proud of her".

Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo said judicial officers were required to sentence offenders according to the law and well-laid down sentencing principles.

"From time to time judicial officers may make a comment about an issue they feel strongly about," he said.

"However, the court is generally no place for political commentary."

Ms Squire is the president of the Labor party's youth branch but said her actions were not attached to that role.

Mr Dutton claimed emergency services had to spend $10,000 on resources to deal with the protest.

He said he was "shocked and disappointed" by the magistrate's apparent support for the women and suggested police would be just as disappointed.

"Mr Morgan was appointed by the Labor party so I'm sure the attorney-general will discipline the magistrate," he said in a statement.

"If the magistrate has a conflict of interest he should have excused himself from the case."

No conviction was recorded against the trio, who were also each ordered to pay a $114 offender levy fee.

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