Green Senator Lidia Thorpe claims Australia is still ‘at WAR’ against Aboriginal people – as she prepares to attend ‘end the monarchy’ protest
- Senator Thorpe claimed there was an ‘ongoing war’ against Indigenous people
- Ms Thorpe wants the government to sign a treaty and bring peace to the nation
- She previously called the Queen a ‘coloniser’ while reciting parliamentary oath
- She will also join ‘abolish the monarchy’ protest and march with demonstrators
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Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe has made the extraordinary claim that Australia is still ‘at war’ with Aboriginal people and has called for a treaty to bring ‘peace’ to the nation.
The outspoken politician – who previously labelled the Queen a ‘coloniser’ and will attend an ‘abolish the monarchy’ protest instead of a memorial for Her Majesty – made the controversial claim on Twitter on Tuesday.
Ms Thorpe, who is Indigenous, said Aboriginal deaths in custody, the removal of Indigenous children from their families and desecration of the nation are the legacy of the British invasion.
Indigenous Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe (pictured) said Indigenous deaths in custody, the removal of aboriginal children from their families and desecration of country are remnants of the British invasion and are symptoms of an ‘ongoing war’ against First Nations people
‘British invasion started a war against First Nations people in this country,’ Ms Thorpe wrote.
‘Deaths in custody, child removal and desecration of country are all symptoms of an ongoing war against us.
‘Treaty is an end to the war. It’s an agreement to bring peace to our nation.’
Senator Thorpe shared a link detailing the devastating Frontier Wars between European colonists and First Nations people from 1788 to 1930.
The Greens senator shared the controversial claim on Twitter (pictured) calling for a treaty between the government and Indigenous people
Some social media users disagreed with Ms Thorpe claiming she was ‘playing the victim’ and slamming her ‘inflammatory language and imagery’.
Last week, Ms Thorpe revealed she would be skipping the official service for Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra and instead join an ‘abolish the monarchy’ protest in Melbourne.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese invited all federal politicians to attend the service for Her Majesty at the Great Hall at Parliament House on September 22.
‘On September 22, I’ll be mourning our ancestors and our old people who fought in the Frontier Wars and who died fighting for this country,’ she told The Australian.
‘After a healing ceremony, I’ll be marching to protest over 500 deaths in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
‘Treaty is the solution to the injustices we face, by bringing people together to end the war that started in 1788.’
Senator Thorpe referred to the devastating Frontier Wars between European colonists and First Nations people which resulted in 416 massacres and an estimated death toll of 10,000 Indigenous people (pictured, Australia Day protests at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra)
Days earlier, Ms Thorpe unleashed an extraordinary tirade against the Queen and the ‘institution she represents’ despite claiming she was not going to ‘rant and rave’ following her death.
‘They buried our kids in the sand and kicked off their heads, and you want me to pay my respects?’ Ms Thorpe wrote on Twitter.
‘This isn’t about an individual, it’s about the institution she represents and the genocide that they’re responsible for.’
Ms Thorpe has been a vocal critic of the monarchy and is currently pushing for a treaty with First Nations people.
Senator Thorpe revealed she would be skipping the official memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II at Canberra and instead travel interstate to join an ‘abolish the monarchy’ protest (poster, pictured) in Melbourne
During her oath to office in August, Ms Thorpe raised her fist above her head in protest and labelled Queen Elizabeth II a ‘colonising queen’ (pictured)
During her oath to office in August, Ms Thorpe raised her fist above her head in protest and labelled Queen Elizabeth II a ‘colonising queen’.
She has also slammed a push by Mr Albanese to host a referendum to introduce an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
Indigenous leaders from across the country lobbied for constitutional change and urged the government to hold a referendum in a landmark document known as the Uluru Statement of the Heart.
The Voice to Parliament would establish a permanent constitutional body, which represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and would advise the government on policies relating to Indigenous issues.
Ms Thorpe labelled the referendum a ‘waste of money’ and time and instead wants a treaty with First Nations people – since Australia remains the only Commonwealth country to have never signed a treaty with its Indigenous people.