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First Nations Greens senator Lidia Thorpe calls Queen Elizabeth II “coloniser” during oath of allegiance.

What a legend.

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@aral ex #australia president Paul Keating hug #Queen instead of bow and soon after disappear from #politics. So hope Linda will survive 😀

@aral I honestly don't see why Australian Politicians should swear allegiance to the British Monarch, as other Commonwealth countries don't; but since when did the current actually colonise a country? her predecessors are guilty of it, but she's not guilty of someone elses choice surely?

@flexsite Last I looked, she hadn’t disowned any of it and seems to be living rather comfortably with the most exuberant of privileges colonialism has afforded her and her family so, yeah, I’d say she’s 100% guilty of perpetuating the very same system. Is the queen and royal family colonialists? Well, if they’re not, I guess no one is.

@aral interesting take; by that logic every person in every country in the world is guilty of colonising depending on how far back in history you wish to go, and should give up everything they currently have?

@flexsite @aral a huge leap from acknowledging colonization to "give up everything"

@bigblen @aral it's a fair comment based on this part of the previous reply

'seems to be living rather comfortably with the most exuberant of privileges colonialism has afforded her and her family'

@flexsite You’re defending the British Royal Family against charges of colonialism. Is this really the hill you want to die on?

(If so, that’s cool. I’ve really got better things to do than to keep reiterating the obvious.)

(And no, not every person in every country. But yes, those who benefitted and continue to benefit from colonialism. Look up privilege and reparations.)

@aral @flexsite Though the British empire is gone, the monarch continues to operate as the colonial ruler in many places.

See the concept of "crown lands". Not something that you're ever likely to see discussed on the BBC.

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