First Australian Aborigine to be elected a senator rattled the parliament at Canberra Monday as she took her oath of office.
The woman, Lidia Thorpe stepped into the parliament chamber with her right fist pumped up in a black powder salute. She walked through the hallway until she stopped at the spot where the oath was to be taken.
While she was to read out the statement already written and help before her, at the point of saying ‘that I will pay true allegiance to her Majesty the Queen’ Senator Thorpe landed the hard blow ‘that I will bear true allegiance to the colonizer, Queen Elizabeth…”
However, the head of the parliament who was presiding would not allow that punchy addition to stand. She called her to order and directed that she took the oath exactly in the words it is written out. Ms. Thorpe obliged and did as directed even though her hard punch additional adjective to qualify Queen Elizabeth II had echoed wide and eventually became the news worldwide from an event only a few Australians would have known about.
The reach of that single additional gelled with the netizens globally who agreed on the additional word was not misplaced.
On the Instagram account of the American ABC News, all the 522 comments agreed she was apt, frank, and truthful with that qualifier as 5,146 people liked the feed.
On the Instagram of BBC news owned by Britain, over 97% of close to 192 commentators aligned with Thorpe while 11,588 people liked the news feed.
The British monarch is the Head of State of Australia to date.
Thorpe, who has previously been critical of the monarch, was the first Aboriginal senator elected for the province of Victoria.
At the swearing-in ceremony, the Greens senator held her right fist in the air in the “black power” salute and said: “I, sovereign Lidia Thorpe, do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and I bear true allegiance to the colonising Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
Ms Thorpe, a DjabWurrung and Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, read the oath again in its conventional form after colleagues warned that she was required to deliver it as printed, with one declaring: “You’re not a senator if you don’t say it.”
In her second delivery, she sarcastically emphasised “sincerely” and pronounced the word heirs as “hairs”, leaving little ambiguity over her view of the ritual.
Afterwards, she tweeted: “Sovereignty never ceded” – a reference to an Aboriginal political assertion that the British Crown asserted sovereignty over Australia without consent and that rights accrue to the Aboriginal people as the true heirs of the land.
The encounter and forceful colonization of the Aborigines by England has been described in history in very negative and terse words as genocidal, enslaving, forceful terrorism, and many more.
During the conflicts between the natives and the colonisers, there ensued the Black War of the mid-1820s and 1832 which was a stiff conflict between the Aborigines in Tasmania and the colonisers.
The casualty index was so high that some historical sources say the English colonialists even lined up Aborigines in Tasmania to use them to train their soldiers in marksmanship while most of the killings were never reported.
With Agency report from inews.co.uk