Lidia Thorpe: Greens Senator EMPTYED FROM Federal Parliament For Taking Her Top Off

Dramatic moment Indigenous politician is kicked out of senate after she took off her top and chanted that ‘black lives don’t matter’ at major gas drilling site

  • Indigenous Senator Greens stunned parliament when she pulled off her top
  • She protested $50 million in government subsidies for gas drilling in NT
  • Lidia Thorpe was kicked out of the Senate for her ‘Black lives don’t matter’ t-shirt
  • She shouted the slogan and shouted ‘shame’ at other senators who support subsidies



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Indigenous Greens senator Lidia Thorpe has been kicked out of parliament after she stripped naked in the middle of a debate, shouting ‘Black lives don’t matter in Beetaloo’.

Mrs Thorpe, 48, protested $50 million in grants for new gas projects in the Northern Territory when she suddenly took off her coat and scarf on Monday.

Her outburst came during a debate when she criticized Labor for not supporting the Greens against the drilling project in the Beetaloo Basin in the NT.

She unveiled a white T-shirt with the slogan Black Lives Don’t Matter in the Beetaloo, a play about the Black Lives Matter campaign in the US.

“Both Labor and Liberals need to stop listening to the oil and gas companies buying you and your vote,” she raved. “Listen to the people.”

Indigenous Greens senator Lidia Thorpe (pictured) has been kicked out of parliament after stripping naked in the middle of a debate, shouting: 'Black lives don't matter'

Indigenous Greens senator Lidia Thorpe (pictured) has been kicked out of parliament after stripping naked in the middle of a debate, shouting: ‘Black lives don’t matter’

“You’re going to have a chance to do the right thing, so do it now. Do not wait. Black lives don’t matter in the Beetaloo unless you do the right thing.”

She added: ‘If you really care, you would listen to the traditional owners who don’t want their land to be squatted, and protect sacred sites and the environment.

“Vote as if black lives depend on it, because they do.”

After Victoria’s senator repeatedly shouted, “Black lives don’t matter in the Beetaloo – it’s embarrassing… too bad!” she was kicked out of the room for “wearing a slogan.”

Lidia Thorpe, 48, (pictured with Greens leader Adam Bandt) was protesting $50 million in subsidies for new gas projects in the Northern Territory when she suddenly took off her coat and scarf to reveal her t-shirt with the Black Lives Don the issue slogan

Earlier, the debate heard that gas drilling could add 13 percent to Australia’s carbon emissions each year, but the move to block the subsidies backfired when Labor abstained.

The NT government has given the Australian oil and gas company Empire Energy the green light to investigate the viability of gas projects in the river basin.

National Senator Matt Canavan said Australia definitely needed oil and gas supplies to become self-sufficient.

Lidia Thorpe (pictured) was kicked out of the Senate for 'wearing a slogan' after knocking off her jacket and scarf to reveal the 'Black lives don't matter' t-shirt

Lidia Thorpe (pictured) was kicked out of the Senate for 'wearing a slogan' after knocking off her jacket and scarf to reveal the 'Black lives don't matter' t-shirt

Lidia Thorpe (pictured) was kicked out of the Senate for ‘wearing a slogan’ after knocking off her jacket and scarf to reveal the ‘Black lives don’t matter’ t-shirt

Europe had become “slaves of Moscow” and had to beg Russia to supply enough gas after it halted its own gas projects, he said.

“We don’t want to be tied to dictatorial authoritarian regimes, which is what happens if you don’t develop your own energy resources,” Senator Canavan added.

No Labor senator spoke about the motion to block the subsidies, but the opposition has previously supported exploration in the basin.

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