Greens senator Lidia Thorpe claims the Queen is a ‘coloniser’ and gives a Black Power salute

Outspoken Greens senator and Indigenous activist Lidia Thorpe slams the Queen as a ‘coloniser’ and gives a Black Power salute as she’s sworn into Parliament

Greens senator Lidia Thorpe has caused a ruckus in Federal Parliament after mockingly reciting the oath of allegiance and slamming the Queen as a ‘coloniser’.

The First Nations senator marched into the senate on Monday morning and appeared to give a black power salute by holding her fist up in the air as she approached the central table.

Ms Thorpe then sarcastically recited the oath of allegiance as she continued holding her fist in the air.

Lidia Thorpe strode into the Senate with her fist in the air and then mockingly called the Queen a ‘coloniser’

‘I will be faithful and I bear true allegiance to the colonising Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second,’ the outspoken politician said in a mocking tone.

Senator Thorpe was reprimanded and, smirking, eventually recited the oath correctly and was sworn into Parliament.

Her conduct received support from Greens Leader Adam Bandt, who tweeted: ‘Always was. Always will be.’


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