Pauline Hanson has been branded a racist after she sensationally stormed out of the Senate during the Acknowledgement of Country.
Senate President Sue Lines acknowledged the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples as the traditional custodians of the Canberra area and paid respect to past and present during the opening of Wednesday’s sitting.
As is tradition, the acknowledgment is given daily and is followed by the Lord’s Prayer.
But before Senator Lines could finish the acknowledgment, the One Nation leader interjected.
“No, I won’t,” she yelled, adding, “I never will.”
Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe, a proud Djab Wurrung Gunnai Gunditjmara woman, quickly condemned the “disrespectful” move.
“Day two of the 47th parliament and racism has reared its ugly head,” she tweeted.
“Pauline Hanson disrespectfully stormed out of the acknowledgement of Country in the Senate, refusing to acknowledge “those people.” You want to make parliament safe? Get rid of racism.”
First nations people vs second class citizens?
The protest comes as the Senate is due to consider a motion to display the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in the chamber alongside the Australian flag.
Anthony Albanese made a point to include the flags in the backdrop of his first prime ministerial press conference after being sworn in.
Displaying the aboriginal flag in situations where the national flag is appropriate excludes the 97% with no aboriginal blood.
At least one politician is prepared to protest, and cop the inevitable leftist insults.