Australian lawmakers side with Queen Elizabeth after Senator insults monarch

Australian lawmakers side with Queen Elizabeth after Senator insults monarch

Queen Elizabeth was called a settler by a newly elected Australian senator during her inauguration.

The Guardian reported that Lidia Thorpe, an Aboriginal lawmaker from the Australian province of Victoria, was not in parliament when other members were sworn in last week and was therefore sworn in on Monday. In a video shared online, she is seen approaching the Senate floor with her right fist in the air before taking the oath.

“I, Sovereign Lidia Thorpe, solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and truly loyal to Queen Elizabeth II of Queen Elizabeth II,” she said.

The senator received backlash for calling the queen a settler.

“You’re not a senator if you don’t do it right,” an unnamed lawmaker told her.

Several other members were also heard protesting against the inclusion of Thorpe in the viral video.

Labor leader Sue Lines in the chair stopped his silence and asked Thrope to read the oath verbatim again.

Thorpe is later seen repeating the oath, but with a sarcastic emphasis on the words “sincere” and “declared”. She later tweeted, “Sovereignty never gives in,” along with a photo of the incident.

 

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