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Dutton roof protesters fined $100 each

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016 Sarah Motherwell

Peter Dutton © AAP Image/Mick Tsikas Peter Dutton Three women who reportedly cost taxpayers thousands of dollars by protesting on the roof of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's electoral office in Brisbane have been fined $100 each.

Scarlett Squire, Kelly Purnell and Ellen Sargent pleaded guilty in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on Monday to unregulated, high-risk activity and obstructing police.

The trio scaled the roof of Mr Dutton's office in Strathpine on November 2 to protest against the Coalition government's proposed life-time ban on refugees arriving by boat.

Mr Dutton claimed at the time that police and emergency services would have spent $10,000 worth of resources "trying to get these idiots down from my roof".

The minister also called on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to condemn the protest after it was revealed Squire, 24, was president of Queensland Young Labor.

Squire told AAP her actions were not attached to, or done in the name of, the youth wing of the ALP Queensland branch.

She said the court outcome reflected the healthy culture around protest in Australia as well as the broader community feeling to reverse the government's "archaic" immigration policy.

"Protest should be supported and there is a place for peaceful protest in this country," Squire said.

"Tactics do have to escalate at some point when we're talking about legislation that is life or death for some people."

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

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