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Speaking of the Greens, Senator Lidia Thorpe – a DjabWurrung, Gunnai and Gunditjmara woman – says her tone in taking the pledge of allegiance yesterday “was the tone you use when you really, really, really don’t want to do something and you ‘have to do it’.

“To be told that I have to swear allegiance to a queen from another country, I feel really uncomfortable considering that I am a First Nations woman, and my allegiance is to this country and to the people of this country, not to a queen who lives in England and has not been elected,” Thorpe told Melbourne-based radio station 3AW.

Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate, Senator Lidia Thorpe.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Thorpe was forced to redo her Senate oath after calling the Queen a colonizer on her first try, which was ruled out of order by Speaker Susan Lines.

Today’s 3AW interview devolved into a heated debate in which host Neil Mitchell accused Thorpe of being disrespectful and hypocritical after saying she was part of an ‘illegitimate’ parliament.


“To stand there with the Black Power salute, a sarcastic tone and portray the Queen as a colonizer is divisive and destructive at a time when we need unity of purpose,” Mitchell said.

Thorpe denied both charges.

“I guess that brings the truth to light,” she said. “This country has been invaded, and this country has no agreement with its people.

“This country is rich and dynamic. And we have things here, our country and our own people, that we should swear our allegiance to. So I wanted to inform the Australian public that we still swear allegiance today to someone who has nothing to do with our daily lives.

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