One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has accused Senator Lidia Thorpe of not taking her “elected position seriously” after the Greens member labelled the Queen a “coloniser” while taking the oath of office on Monday, August 1.
Thorpe raised her fist to the air as she approached the Senate’s despatch box in preparation for the oath.
“I sovereign, Lidia Thorpe, do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and I bear true allegiance to the colonising her majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” she said.
Thorpe was quickly interrupted by fellow Senate members following her comments.
“Senator Thorpe, Senator Thorpe, you are required to recite the oath as printed on the card,” Senate President Sue Lines said.
Thorpe then went on to recite the oath again.
Sovereignty never ceded. https://t.co/OowLrlUApy
— Senator Lidia Thorpe (@SenatorThorpe) August 1, 2022
Although Thorpe recited the oath a second time correctly, Hanson remained unsatisfied and slammed the Greens Senator for her “hypocrisy”.
“Lidia Thorpe obviously does not take her elected position seriously,” Hanson told news.com.au.
“She’s filling a position she does not respect, to represent people she obviously despises, in an institution she does not recognise as being legitimate.
“What we saw this morning was a stunning exercise in hypocrisy, made worse by her happily taking $211,000 a year from taxpayers for work she clearly does not intend to do.”
Thorpe’s actions and Hanson’s disapproval come after the One Nation leader herself made headlines after she stormed out of the Senate on Wednesday, July 27 during the Acknowledgment of Country ceremony.
While recognising the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples as the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, Senate President Sue Lines was interrupted by Hanson.
“No, I won’t,” Hanson yelled as she exited the chambers.
“I never will.”
The outspoken Hanson later told the Australian Associated Press that she had been “feeling this way for a long time”.
“I have called from the first day for equality for all Australians. I see this as divisive,” she said.
She went on to claim that “our people that have fought for this country” need acknowledgement and those “who have sacrificed their lives”.
She continued to criticise the Acknowledgement of Country ceremony before taking aim at the Indigenous Flag.
“I find this flag divisive,” she said.
“We are now hearing it on flights and aeroplanes. I’m sorry – this is my country as well.
“This is heading towards division in our nation. A ‘them and us’. And we’ll never close the gap if we continue down this path. All Australians should be treated equally and the same.”
Hanson later released a video statement, stating that she believes the “‘acknowledgement of country’ perpetuates racial division in Australia”.
“From this point forward, I will refuse to acknowledge country in the Senate,” she said.