Indigenous senator Lidia Thorpe was told to repeat the oath of allegiance for Australian parliamentarians on Monday after she initially described the Queen as a coloniser.
Thorpe, a Greens senator for Victoria, was chided by her parliamentary colleagues, one of whom yelled, “You’re not a senator if you don’t do it properly.”.
Thorpe was absent from parliament last week when other senators were officially sworn in, so took her oath on Monday morning.
“You are required to recite the oath as printed on the card,” Lines told the Greens senator.
Thorpe turned to speak to a Labor senator behind her who appeared to voice further criticism, before repeating the oath as printed.
However, under the Australian constitution all senators and MPs must swear an allegiance to the Queen and her heirs and successors before sitting in parliament.
Thorpe said she stood for parliament “to question the illegitimate occupation of the colonial system in this country”. »