Australian Senator Lidia Thorpe calls Queen Elizabeth II a ‘colonizing’ leader during wearing-in ceremony
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An indigenous Australian senator was heard on video calling Queen Elizabeth II a colonizer during her swearing-in ceremony on Monday.
The remark from Lidia Thorpe of the Australian Greens party drew jeers and groans from her colleagues inside Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra.
« I, sovereign Lidia Thorpe, do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful, and I bear true allegiance to the colonizing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, » Thorpe, who entered the chamber with a raised fist, was heard saying before being cut off by Senate President Sue Lines.
« You’re not a senator if you don’t do it properly, » one of Thorpe’s colleagues said.
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Lines then asked Thorpe to recite the oath again, this time « as printed on the card. »
Before Thorpe did so, she appeared to turn around and stare down an individual, telling that person « you gotta have some respect. »
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Thorpe later retweeted a photo of the incident, writing on her account that « Sovereignty never ceded. »
The Australian Greens party, on its website, says it acknowledges « the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognize their continuing connection to land, waters and culture, » and that « these lands were stolen and sovereignty was never ceded. »