Outspoken Greens senator Lidia Thorpe claims Australia’s Parliament has no permission to be here – and says she’s only a member so she can ‘infiltrate’ the institution.
The senator said her entry into the ‘colonial project’ was due to her aspirations to ‘renew the nation’ and be a voice and spokesperson for First Nations people.
Appearing on The Project on Tuesday, senator Thorpe said she also removes the Australian national flag during press conferences after Greens leader Adam Bandt was recently criticised for the same move.
‘The Australian flag does not represent me or my people,’ she told the panel.
‘It represents the colonisation of these lands, and it has no permission to be here, there’s been no consent, there’s been no treaty, so that flag does not represent me.’
Panellist Waleed Aly asked the senator if her argument could also apply to the Australian Parliament in which she serves.
‘Absolutely, I’m here to infiltrate,’ she replied emphatically.
Senator Thorpe (pictured…