Australian Senator Lidia Thorpe calls Queen Elizabeth II a ‘settler’ leader during swearing-in ceremony

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An Indigenous Australian senator was heard in a video call Queen Elizabeth II a colonizer during his swearing-in ceremony on Monday.

The remark by Lidia Thorpe of the Australian Greens party drew jeers and groans from her colleagues inside The Australian Parliament in Canberra.

“I, Sovereign Lidia Thorpe, solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful, and bear true allegiance to the colonizer Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” said Thorpe, who entered the room with a raised fist. . cut by Senate Speaker Sue Lines.

“You’re no senator if you don’t do it right,” said one of Thorpe’s colleagues.

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Senator Lidia Thorpe speaks during a rally outside Parliament on April 10, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.

Senator Lidia Thorpe speaks during a rally outside Parliament on April 10, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Lines then asked Thorpe to recite the oath again, this time “as printed on the card”.

Before Thorpe did, she appeared to turn around and stare at an individual, telling that person “you gotta have some respect”.

Incoming Senator Lidia Thorpe during her swearing in of the Senate in Parliament in October 2020 in Canberra, Australia.

Incoming Senator Lidia Thorpe during her swearing in of the Senate in Parliament in October 2020 in Canberra, Australia.
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Thorpe later retweeted a photo of the incident, writing on his account that “sovereignty never surrendered”.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to mark the completion of the London Crossrail project at Paddington Station on May 17, 2022 in London, England.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to mark the completion of the London Crossrail project at Paddington Station on May 17, 2022 in London, England.
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The Australian Green Party, on its website it says it recognizes “the country’s traditional owners across Australia and acknowledges their continuing connection to the land, waters and culture”, and that “these lands have been stolen and sovereignty n was never surrendered”.