Peter FitzSimons’ Australian Republican Movement causes stir with weird lizard Twitter post

Peter FitzSimons’ republican group baffles Australia with bizarre lizard post: ‘I’m increasingly convinced this is a monarchist front’

  • Australian Republican Movement ramping up operations after the Queen’s death
  • The movement’s latest tweet has attracted much attention for a bizarre reason
  • Peter Fitzsimon’s group posted a photo which many connected to an conspiracy 
  • ARM’s CEO said connections between the post and conspiracies were ‘absurd’ 

Peter FitzSimons’ republican group has puzzled Australians with a peculiar, lizard-centric social media post – as it launches a new push for the country to sever ties with the monarchy. 

The Australian Republican Movement, chaired by the Sydney-based commentator and author, called on Australians to ‘think about the nation’s future’ in a tweet featuring a picture of the iconic outback lizard, the Thorny Devil, on Friday.

The organisation posted: ‘We now have a King of Australia. Charles is not one of us and we did not choose to be our Head of State. We hear you and agree the concept of an Australian King is both unsettling and foreign. Now is the time for us to think about our nation’s future.

But it was the odd photo selection of the Australian lizard sitting on a sand dune accompanying the post that piqued the attention of readers.

The Australian Republican Movement, chaired by the Sydney-based commentator and author, called on Australians to 'think about the nation's future' in a tweet featuring a picture of the iconic outback lizard, the Thorny Devil, on Friday

The Australian Republican Movement, chaired by the Sydney-based commentator and author, called on Australians to ‘think about the nation’s future’ in a tweet featuring a picture of the iconic outback lizard, the Thorny Devil, on Friday 

Peter FitzSimons' (pictured with wife Lisa Wilkinson) Australian Republican Movement has ramped up their campaigning following the death of the Queen

Peter FitzSimons’ (pictured with wife Lisa Wilkinson) Australian Republican Movement has ramped up their campaigning following the death of the Queen

One Twitter user was so exasperated by the post he quipped: ‘(I am) increasingly convinced they’re a monarchist front.’

A cyber-security entrepreneur couldn’t wrap his head around the choice of mascot.

‘Struggling to figure out the visual metaphor here…long live the lizard king? Don’t tread on me? Aussie wildlife is bada** and sometimes its just fun to point that out.’ 

One journalist read deeper into the iconography.

‘An inspired decision to make the majestic Thorny Devil the official mascot of the republic movement,’ wrote Josh Butler. 

Others made cracks about ‘lizard people’. In science-fiction and radical conspiracy theories, the idea that ‘lizard people’ secretly possess major world leaders is a widely used trope. 

One jokester retweeted the post, saying: ‘Are they seriously suggesting we just go with a different kind of reptilian as our head of state?’, retweeting the post.

One Twitter user was so baffled by the tweet he suggested the ARM were actually a monarchist front

One Twitter user was so baffled by the tweet he suggested the ARM were actually a monarchist front

Sandy Biar, the CEO of the Australian Republican Movement, told Daily Mail Australia any connection drawn between the image and reptilian conspiracy theories was ‘absurd’.

‘The image obviously had nothing to do with those conspiracy theories.’ 

She said the movement was ramping up operations after respecting the mourning period for the late Queen and her service to the country.

‘However, we now have a new King that we didn’t choose, who has resumed his duties as King. 

‘Charles III is now carrying on with business as usual and it’s now time that as a nation, we had a serious discussion about our future and why we should be independent from the British Monarchy,’ Ms Biar said.

‘Our Head of State should be an Australian, chosen by Australians and accountable to us.’

The Queen was much-loved during her reign but many pro-republican Australians have hoped that the country’s attachment to the monarchy would break after her passing.  

But instead of growing support for the monarchy, recent polls conducted by Yougov and Roy Morgan in the wake of the Queen’s passing show the majority of Australians want the country to remain under a royal Head of State.

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