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Look out, Lidia’s parading to parliament

20 August 2020

5:00 AM

20 August 2020

5:00 AM

In case you’re under the illusion that 2020 cannot possibly get any worse, I’m afraid I bring bad news. 

Lidia Thorpe, the new Richard Di Natale, is preparing to head to Canberra for her first day in the Senate next week.  

It gets worse. 

She’s planning to wear a cunning disguise as a Black Lives Matter protestor: 

Just kidding.  

We do in fact have a Black Lives Matter and Stop Adani activist heading to our parliament.  

Well done us.  


The bite-back to her post on social media was swift and fierce.  

One was brief and to the point: “Supporting a Marxist terrorist movement! Oh well it won’t be the first time the greens have.”  

The extremist, exhibitionist activist troublemaker has been in the news before. 

As a good Green, she demands transparency. 

Yet Thorpe is the person who slammed queries over the governance the “Pay the Rent” movement and the monies it raises as racist.  

And now that Canberra calls, you may or may not be surprised to learn that her message is rather confusing. 

Thorpe claimed she wants to “bring this nation together”.  

Yet, here she is in a Black Lives Matter mask?  

Black Lives Matter is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, not a grass-roots organisation dedicated to fighting racism.  

The movement seeks to demonise the police, portray them as “racist” and perpetuate a false narrative.  

Speaking of “false narratives”, Thorpe has described Brisbane Immigration Centre as “Australia’s concentration camps 2020”.  

Now, here she is once again, proving that cheap stunts are fine as long as the politician is of the left.  

Come on, have we not all suffered enough already?  

PS: Talking of cheap stunts, Thorpe is really going for two bites of the cherry. There’s the Tweet — and the possibility she has been advised she may well get away with fronting parliament in her activist attire. House of Representatives Practice, the bible of parliamentary procedure, says “Clothes with printed slogans are not generally acceptable in the Chamber, and Members so attired have been warned by the Chair to dress more appropriately.” Australian Senate Practice, however, shows the more relaxed attitude of the upper house. “There are no rules laid down by the Senate concerning the dress of senators. The matter of dress is left to the judgment of senators, individually and collectively, subject to any ruling by the President,” it advises. “The rules of the Senate are directed at creating an appropriate framework for debate, and the conduct of senators is regulated only in so far as it is relevant to the maintenance of order. The question of appropriate dress is a matter that has been left to custom and the judgement of senators, except where a question of order arises.”

Illustration: Twitter.

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