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‘I’m swearing allegiance to the coloniser’: New senator says it’s not easy – Sydney Morning Herald

New Greens senator Lidia Thorpe says Indigenous Australians need guaranteed seats in Parliament, not a tokenistic Voice, but a treaty must come first.



“It’s not an easy thing to do as a sovereign black woman to then swear allegiance to the Crown and the very people who caused great harm to this land and the people who belong to it,” Senator Thorpe told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s not something that my community’s excited about the same way as the rest of the community.
“I’m swearing allegiance to the coloniser, so I think the first speech (to the Senate) will be what people will be more excited about.”
She has previously de…

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