Woman sentenced over egg attack on PM
A young Victorian woman who tried to egg the prime minister has discouraged others from attacking politicians, stating she's had more attention than she ever wanted "and it's not been great".
Amber Paige Holt on Tuesday avoided a jail term when she was convicted of common assault and handed an 18-month community correction order at Albury Local Court.
Magistrate Rodney Brender ordered the 25-year-old to perform 150 hours of community service and fined her $110 for possessing cannabis at the time of the incident.
Holt pleaded guilty in early July to the common assault charge.
"I don't encourage anyone to follow what I did - it's just caused more drama," she said outside court on Tuesday, adding the attack was "selfish and stupid".
"It's led to a lot of insults, a lot of threats to my family and loved ones, (to) myself. I've had a lot more attention than I've ever had in my life and it's not been great."
The court previously heard Holt put an egg in her pocket before entering the Country Women's Association state conference in Albury in early May.
She planned to break the egg on Prime Minister Scott Morrison's head because she didn't like him "as he was not voted into the position".
But the egg fell from Holt's hand to the ground "and the accused struck the back of the head of the prime minister, jolting his head forward".
The magistrate took into account the circumstances of Holt's actions but, he said on Tuesday, the charge didn't inherently involve a degree of aggravation just because the prime minister was the victim.
Mr Brender noted Holt could have been charged under a similar commonwealth offence that covered more serious attacks on elected public officials.
Nevertheless, he said her common assault was "a more serious example of the offence" and one carried out for political reasons as she wanted to "embarrass" Mr Morrison.
"It was motivated by a dislike of a person she didn't know," the magistrate said.
Holt planned the offence after she heard on radio Mr Morrison was going to be in Albury, the court heard a fortnight ago.
She went to a Coles supermarket to buy eggs specifically to carry out the attack.
Holt on Tuesday said she'd failed in her attempt to focus attention on the plight of refugees on Manus Island "and how we can have a prime minister that can so easily ... organise concentration camps".