The Greens deputy leader has refused to mourn the Queen because she presided over a ‘racist empire’.
Mehreen Faruqi, who swore her allegiance to the Queen when she entered the senate representing NSW, explained why she will refuse to pay her respects in a tweet on Friday just hours after Her Majesty died.
‘I cannot mourn the leader of a racist empire built on stolen lives, land and wealth of colonised peoples,’ she wrote.
‘We are reminded of the urgency of treaty with First Nations, justice and reparations for British colonies and becoming a republic.’
Mehreen Faruqi, who swore her allegiance to the Queen when she entered the senate representing NSW, explained why she will refuse to pay her respects in a tweet on Friday just hours after Her Majesty died
Last year Ms Faruqi slammed the British empire for ‘enslaving millions of black and brown people around the world.’
Meanwhile, Greens leader Adam Bandt has been labelled a ‘clown of the highest order and the lowest form of human’ after calling for Australia to become a republic just five hours after the Queen’s death.
Mr Bandt posted his rallying cry on Twitter at 8.27am on Friday, writing: ‘Rest In Peace Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with her family and all who loved her.
‘Now Australia must move forward. We need Treaty with First Nations people, and we need to become a Republic.’
Liberal MP for Townsville and former Army soldier Phillip Thompson furiously hit back.
Greens leader Adam Bandt(pictured with wife Claudia) waited just five hours after The Queen’s death was announced to call for Australia to ‘move forward’ and become a republic
Liberal MP for Townsville and former Army soldier Phillip Thompson slammed Mr Bandt over his controversial tweet
‘You’re a clown of the highest order and a human of the lowest form,’ he wrote on the social media site.
‘Given you hate our nation so profoundly, I would encourage you to take a hike out of Australia and don’t look back. I think the nation would join me in celebrating your departure.’
Mr Bandt is a staunch republican, who refuses to put the Australian flag with its Union Jack corner behind him at press conferences.
The Queen’s death was announced at 3.30am AEST and Australian morning TV shows broke the news an hour later, followed by a statement by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at 4.47am.
Former deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth said Mr Bandt’s post showed a reason why the Greens were a minor party.
Mr Thompson served Australia in the Army before an IED exploded a metre in front of him in Afghanistan
Queen Elizabeth II arriving at the Lexicon shopping centre in Bracknell, England in 2018
‘Just quietly compare this with the statesmanlike words from Albanese and Dutton and reflect on why these guys are perpetually at 10 per cent. Have some respect, son,’ he said.
Mr Bandt frequently calls for an Australian republic, believing the country needs its own head of state and the royals are too closely tied to colonialism.
He used the departure of Harry and Meghan from the Royal Family to say if they could ‘cut ties’ with them ‘we can too’.
Mr Bandt also backed up controversial indigenous Greens senator Lidia Thorpe who called The Queen a ‘coloniser’ when swearing her oath of office.
‘I sovereign, Lidia Thorpe, do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and I bear allegiance to the colonising Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,’ she said.
Senator Thorpe was reprimanded and, smirking, eventually recited the oath correctly and was sworn into parliament.
‘Senator Thorpe, Senator Thorpe, you are required to recite the oath as printed on the card,’ said the chamber’s president Sue Lines.
After reciting the pledge as required, Thorpe declared on Twitter: ‘Sovereignty never ceded.’
Mr Albanese is also a republican and appointed a minister for the republic to eventually explore breaking Australia with the monarchy – but not the Commonwealth.
The Australian Republican Movement was more restrained in its response to The Queen’s death, only making a veiled reference.
‘The Queen backed the right of Australians to become a fully independent nation during the referendum on an Australian republic in 1999, saying that she has ‘always made it clear that the future of the Monarchy in Australia is an issue for the Australian people and them alone to decide, by democratic and constitutional means’,’ it said.
In 1999, Australians narrowly voted against removing the queen, amid a row over whether her replacement would be chosen by members of parliament, not the public.
Polls show most Australians are in favour of being a republic, but there is little agreement on how a head of state should be chosen.
Mr Bandt also backed up controversial indigenous Greens senator Lidia Thorpe who called The Queen a ‘coloniser’ when swearing her oath of office
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