Lidia Thorpe to Become Senate Squatter
Lidia Thorpe announced today she would be resigning from the Australian Greens only 7 months into a 6-year term as a Senator for Victoria to lead what she calls the Blak Sovereign Movement. By not resigning from Parliament and sitting as an independent she has become a Senate Squatter. With all her transgressions and antics since becoming a Senator in 2020 there is no way she could have been elected as a Senator in the 2022 federal election unless she was top of the Greens Senate ticket in Victoria.
Her resignation is a dummy spit because the Greens decided as a party to back a yes vote for the constitutionally enshrined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament. At the Greens party meeting yesterday which decided their position on the Voice Thorpe demanded she should be the only Green allowed to meet with Indigenous community members about the voice.
Thorpe demands that a Treaty be signed between Indigenous and non-Indiegnous Australians before the Voice is voted on. She claims is what activists who marched and spoke at their January 26 Invasion Day protest desire.
The Greens have only got themselves to blame now that they will be one Senate vote down for the next five years. They endorsed Thrope in 2020 as a replacement for former leader Richard Di Natale and again at the 2022 Australian federal election. As a party based on collective decision making they failed to see the warning signs that Thorpe wasn’t a team player
Let’s now flashback to some of Lidia Thorpe’s most appalling moments as a Greens Senate
As the Unshackled revealed shortly after her entry to the Senate Thorpe has a long history of far-left extremist connections including links to Marxist nutters and an apologist for pedophile supporters.
Despite the Greens claiming to be a feminist party in December last year Lidia Thrope yelled to Liberal Hollie Hughes across the Senate chamber ‘at least I kept my legs shut’ which Hughes interpreted as a slur against her autistic son.
When a fire broke out at Old Parliament House at the end of 2021 caused by a smoking ceremony by Aboriginal sovereignty activists Lidia Thrope published and then deleted a tweet celebrating the fire claiming the colonial system was burning down.
Before the federal election, Lidia Thrope berated two Coalition Ministers in a shill and hysterical manner. She accused Liberal Senator Amanda Stoker of whitesplaining to her during questioning in Senate Estimates about the Coalition Government purchasing the rights of the Aboriginal flag design for $20 million.
After asking Bridget McKenzie a question about the government ‘fracking her country’ during Question Time and used her points of order to yell and finger-point at McKenzie.
In an interview with NITV that she feared for her safety after the Convict Warrior Resistance included a sign calling her an Abo Whore in a video where they burnt the Aboriginal flag.
In March Thrope claimed she was racially profiled at Canberra Airport because she was told her carry-on luggage for a Virgin Australia flight was too heavy and she’d have to remove some items to board the plane.
In May while protesting the deportation of illegal immigrants from a Broadmeadows dentition center to Christmas Island Thorpe yelled abuse at Victoria Police officers telling them “get a real job”, and accused them of being “violent perpetrators” and “white supremacist pigs”. Yet Thorpe was silent when Victoria Police were brutalizing anti-lockdown protestors.
At the federal election Lidia Thrope as the lead candidate on the Victorian Greens Senate ticket won a 6 year Senate term in her own right with Labor preferences helping her over the line. When she re-entered the Senate chamber she made a black power salute and when taking the oath of allegiance said“ I bear true allegiance to the colonising Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”. Thorpe was instructed by Senate President Sue Lines to read the oath as printed.
On Australia’s Day of Mourning for the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 23 Lidia Thorpe engaged in the puerile stunt of dipping her hands in fake blood at Melbourne’s anti-Australia anti-monarch protest.
In September this year Thorpe’s former chief of staff David Mejia-Canales confirmed details of her outburst in a meeting with the two co-chairs of First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria Geraldine Atkinson and Marcus Stewart at Parliament House last year. Geraldine Atkinson was so distressed by the level of abuse directed at her by Thorpe she sought medical attention from the parliamentary nurse.
But it has been Lidia Thorpe’s most recent transgression which has led to loud and mainstream calls for her to resign from the Senate for gross misconduct. It was revealed in October that Thorpe dated the ex-president of the Victorian Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang Dean Martin while sitting on Parliament’s Law Enforcement Committee which receives briefings from the Australian Federal Police on its anti-bikie operations.
While in a secret relationship with Martin Thorpe was publicly seeing Gavan McFadzean of the Australian Conservation Foundation at the time who had no idea he was cheated on. It has also been revealed Thorpe questioned Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo about the deportation status of a suspected member of the Rebels. Thorpe did resign from her symbolic leadership position in the Greens of Deputy Senate Leader.
Greens Leader Adam Bandt called Thorpe’s failure to disclose her relationship with Martin, which Bandt’s staff knew of but he did not, was a “significant lack of judgement” from her. Bandt met with the Australian Federal Police about their concerns.
Lidia Thorpe’s own statement displayed some rare humility from her acknowledging she “made mistakes” and had not “exercised good judgement”. She later decided to refer herself to Parliament’s privileges committee but said she was not going anywhere.
The content from Lidia Thrope’s most appalling moments was originally published in the article The Never-Ending Grievance Greens.