White presenting Aboriginal Lidia Thorpe and the newest Greens senator in the federal parliament, making her you-can’t-make-this-up cringeworthy entrance:
She doesn’t look happy.
Since she is white we can only assume she is giving the traditional white power salute that many Australians greet each with in daily life.
Thorpe was hesitant about the swearing in ceremony in the Senate, saying a few days ago
It’s not an easy thing to do as a sovereign black woman to then swear allegiance to the Crown and the very people who caused great harm to this land and the people who belong to it.
But managed to get through it:
Senator @lidia__thorpe arrives on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country carrying a Message Stick "memorialising the 441 First Nations people who have died in custody without justice" #auspol @SBSNews @NITV pic.twitter.com/AOGCSAoAO6
— Brett Mason (@BrettMasonNews) October 6, 2020
We’ve come a long way since the first Aboriginal in parliament, Neville Bonner in 1971, a staunch monarchist and lover of his Queen, Elizabeth II, who died in 1999 with these honours to his name:
- Australian of the Year – 1979
- Officer of the Order of Australia – 1984
- member of the Griffith University Council 1992-96, honorary doctorate – 1993
We’re sure Lidia, with her bitter, hateful attitude, will never (deservingly, at any rate) reach any such heights.