An indigenous activist who will soon be a senator has declared she doesn’t identify as Australian because of the nation’s colonial past — which could potentially disqualify her from sitting in Parliament.
Lidia Thorpe, who lost her seat at the 2018 Victorian election after only a year as a state MP, has been chosen by the Greens party faithful to replace former leader Richard Di Natale in Federal Parliament.
Is that face descended more from ancient Australia or from Europe?
The first indigenous woman elected to the Victorian Parliament last year declared … [that] she didn’t regard herself as Australian.
‘I don’t identify as being Australian. It’s a concept that’s been imposed on our people since we’re invaded,’ she told the Almost Australian documentary, which aired last month on the ABC.
‘The colonisers came and set up the colony which they now call Australia.
‘Mass genocide occurred.’
Australia’s leading constitutional experts said Ms Thorpe would not be allowed to sit in federal Parliament as a senator for Victoria if she refused to pledge allegiance to Australia’s head of state, the Queen.