When we consider which eminent citizen amongst us we might place our trust in if Australia were ever to become a republic, I can think of no better candidate for the office of President than Senator Lidia Alma Thorpe. Thorpe is the model Australian. She is articulate, mature, humble, and her arguments are reinforced by an indomitable intelligence and enlightened moral compass. Having only declared bankruptcy once, and having first been elected to the Australian Senate without a single vote cast in her name, her achievements speak for themselves. She is, unquestionably, without equal, and the finest of us all.
Or at least she was until she pulled her latest stunt.
Last Monday, senators were sworn into the Parliament of Australia – a new practice for some, a familiar protocol for others. Debutante President of the Senate, Labor’s Sue Lines – who only recently showcased impartiality by advocating for Parliament’s abolition of the Lord’s Prayer – called forth Senator Thorpe to swear the Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs, and her successors according to law.
Conscious of the great constitutional duty she was about to undertake, Thorpe pumped a fist into the air and waddled down to the clerk. Initially, I thought that this fisted gesture, which was to be maintained throughout the entirety of Thorpe’s recitation, was offered uncontrollably: Thorpe was so overcome by the prospect of swearing loyalty to our great Sovereign that her appendage erected in ecstasy.
How wrong I was.
With such performance as to shame even the Royal Shakespeare Company, Thorpe declared, ‘I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the colonising Queen Elizabeth the Second.’
The Senate cameras record parliamentarians nervously glancing toward Sue Lines. ‘Senator Thorpe, you are required to recite the Oath as printed on the card,’ the president instructed. If she was issuing a reprimand, it wasn’t a very stern one.
After hesitating and with a final countenance that if exhibited in the corporate world would result in dismissal, Thorpe eventually completed the Oath.
Apparently, people want more integrity in the Parliament of Australia. It seems to me that such might be achieved by reminding elected representatives that when they swear the Oath of Allegiance, they should bloody well mean it.
Even more reprehensible, however, was a sympathetic comment made during Thorpe’s hesitation from Labor’s Louise Pratt: ‘None of us like it.’ Meaning, ‘None of us like swearing allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.’
So, Senator Pratt, you don’t like swearing the Oath of Allegiance to your Sovereign and, thus, the head of the democratic assembly you serve? You don’t like engaging in the practices and traditions of the Parliament of Australia? Then get out. Get out and go do something else – that is if you can find an employer willing to tolerate your ignorant, entitled ingratitude.
Let’s go through things one step at a time. Firstly, on the accusation levelled against Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth: I addressed this only recently. Elizabeth II’s closest actual brush with colonisation was Her tuning in for Neil Armstrong’s stroll on the Moon.
On the principle of the matter expressed by Senator Thorpe, I state for the benefit of all, King George III’s 1787 instructions to Governor Arthur Philip:
‘You are to endeavour by every possible means to open an Intercourse with the Natives and to conciliate their affections, enjoining all Our Subjects to live in amity and kindness with them. And if any of Our Subjects shall wantonly destroy them, or give them any unnecessary Interruption in the exercise of their several occupations. It is our Will and Pleasure that you do cause such offenders to be brought to punishment according to the degree of the Offence.’
No one with any academic credibility would be so audacious to accuse the most progressive, humanitarian civilisation in modern history of racism. We’re talking about a society that was not only the first of its kind to outlaw slavery, but a society that then spent fifty years sacrificing its own peoples to bring an end to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
As a colonial nation, the Commonwealth of Australia is predicated upon Britain’s Anglo-Saxon laws and customs, as well as Judaeo-Christian morality. In so doing, it has achieved, as best it can, common wealth for all its peoples. And I say peoples, plural, because this country is multicultural – but that doesn’t mean it should become a republic, or start enshrining ethnic minorities into its Constitution.
As far as I can tell, Lidia Thorpe and her followers think Australia is a greedy, racist, sexist, homophobic, genocidal nightmare that should be dismantled – but if we’ve supposedly got it so wrong, can someone please explain to me why immigration is at an all-time high?
Let me be absolutely clear: Thorpe is a disgusting representation of a very loud, very dangerous minority within our country. Underpinning this minority is not race, gender or any other physical or cultural trait, but rather a Fabian-style manifesto that is, at its core, anarchistic.
This minority cares for nothing other than its self-preservation. It has no respect for the past and for what afforded it the great privileges that it so ignorantly enjoys today. The central tenet of its hateful ideology is the accumulation of power, so that with that power it can not only achieve material success but a platform to secure its future through indoctrination. One needs only consider the appalling state of Australia’s education system to comprehend this reality. The ideological and commercial abuses of the tertiary sector are vile.
It is a minority that is embodied in the Federal Parliament by the Australian Greens, a gaggle of narcissistic, pseudo-moral mediocrities, tyrannical demagogues, charlatans, and sycophants, all of whom are purely focused on winning elections, virtue-signalling and inflating their own egos. If there is any genuine authenticity amongst the Greens’ ranks, it is lost to the never-ending charade of hypocrisy and victimhood that the party perpetuates. The Greens are the first political party in our nation’s history to weaponise compassion. For that alone, they are an unequivocally abhorrent institution.
Offended, Adam Bandt? I don’t care. It’s time to call a spade a spade and say what this country needs to hear.
As for Senator Pratt’s comment – ‘none of us like it’ – she should speak for herself. There are half a million Australians who have served or are currently serving in our defence forces, and virtually none of them are protesting over swearing loyalty to Her Majesty. I suppose it stands to reason that an Oath of Allegiance might mean something more to those Australians who fully recognise it could get them killed.
On the question of the Lord’s Prayer, there is no justifiable reason to abandon its recitation in Parliament. Yes, Australia is not a theocratic state, but it is as I have already written predicated upon Judaeo-Christian morals and teachings. Virtually every Western legal code in practise has, at its heart, the Ten Commandments.
We also can’t ignore the unique Preamble to the Constitution:
‘Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and under the Constitution hereby established.’
The Lord’s Prayer doesn’t just metaphorically link the business of Parliament to our Constitution. More importantly, it reminds politicians that they must do good, ethical work for their constituents, that they must be merciful, and, above all, that they are fallible and corruptible. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Christian or an atheist; the meaning of the text remains the same.
Cosmetic reform must be set aside. The Government and the Opposition have to work together to defeat the real enemy in the room: the Australian Greens and the minority from which it stems. Both the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal-National Coalition have proud histories and strong values. Remember those values, serve your constituents, reengage in honest and erudite debate, and unite to destroy the Green threat against our Constitution and our democracy.
And as for Lidia Thorpe, I simply say this: How dare you, of all people, attack the character and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. Who do you think you are? You should at the very least resign. Take Pratt and your spiteful attitude which is of no benefit to our democracy with you. The taxpayer has no interest in funding your juvenile, ill-informed behaviour.
Alexander Voltz is a composer and Spokesperson for the Australian Monarchist League.