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Injured Ian Thorpe spotted in wheelchair

<p>Aussie swimming legend Ian Thorpe has been seen using a wheelchair at the Olympic trials in Brisbane following a painful injury understood to have been sustained during the filming of a reality TV show.</p> <p>Thorpe, 41, was hurt while participating in the filming of <em>Celebrity Amazing Race</em>, <a href="https://7news.com.au/sport/swimming/ian-thorpe-spotted-in-a-wheelchair-after-suffering-a-painful-injury-while-shooting-a-reality-tv-show-c-14997532" target="_blank" rel="noopener">as reported by 7NEWS</a>, where he teamed up with his childhood friend Christian Miranda. Despite the injury, which has been described as serious and painful, the five-time Olympic gold medallist has persevered in his role as a broadcaster for the swim trials, navigating the Brisbane Aquatic Centre with the aid of a wheelchair.</p> <p>7NEWS chief reporter Chris Reason provided an update on Thorpe's condition, assuring fans that "Ian Thorpe is completely OK, but apparently the injury was a serious and painful one."</p> <p>Thorpe's commitment to his broadcasting duties, despite his injury, has been noted by many at the event. His presence at the trials has been a source of inspiration for many young athletes competing in Brisbane.</p> <p>Thorpe's injury has not dampened the spirit of the Olympic trials, and his resilience continues to inspire. Fans and fellow athletes alike are wishing him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on his feet soon.</p> <p><em>Image: 7NEWS</em></p>

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Lidia Thorpe injured in car accident

<p>Former Greens senator Lidia Thorpe has been involved in a car accident in Melbourne and is expected to be absent from parliament for a week after suffering injuries.</p> <p>The incident occurred late last week, and Thorpe was sitting in her car when it was rear-ended by another vehicle, allegedly causing her to suffer whiplash and bruising.</p> <p>Thorpe was told by her doctor that she could not travel to Canberra for at least a week following the midwinter break.</p> <p>At the time of writing, her media team were yet to make an official statement about the accident but they have confirmed the details of the crash.</p> <p>They revealed that the car was stationary when it was rear-ended and have confirmed that Thorpe is expected to return to parliamentary duties next week.</p> <p>Thorpe has been gaining attention recently due to her outspoken <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/lidia-thorpe-and-pauline-hanson-team-up-for-voice-to-parliament-no-campaign" target="_blank" rel="noopener">opposition to the Voice to Parliament</a>.</p> <p>The incident comes just two weeks after the former Greens senator told <em>The Project</em> about her safety concerns, and that as she is currently under “formal protection” after receiving death threats and abuse.</p> <p>“I’m an outspoken person and I am a target at the same time,” she said.</p> <p>“There are a lot of people out there that don’t want me in that role or in this role … that don’t want me in parliament, that don’t want me alive.</p> <p>“I’ve felt very unsafe over the last few weeks.”</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Lidia Thorpe and Pauline Hanson team up for Voice to Parliament "no" campaign

<p>Lidia Thorpe and Pauline Hanson have been forced to team up with other supporters of the "no" campaign for the Voice to Parliament vote, as they unite to construct an essay outlining their views. </p> <p>The Greens senator and One Nation senator, along with other members of the Coalition, will have to navigate an obscure process to write a pamphlet which will be sent to all homes for the referendum. </p> <p>The Australian Electoral Commission is seeking advice from all politicians to give guidance on the essays for the pamphlet, but tensions are already rising as senators have to decide among themselves how to navigate competing ideas and write one argument for each side.</p> <p>A short 28-day deadline has already began for the essays, with the writings for each side of the campaign having to present their main argument behind their "yes" or "no" vote in less than 2000 words. </p> <p>The essays for both sides will then be compiled by the AEC into an information pamphlet, which will be sent out in the months before the referendum. </p> <p>The committee of those voting no will be dominated by the Coalition, but also includes One Nation, UAP’s Ralph Babet, and former Greens senator Thorpe.</p> <p>The yes side is dominated by Labor but also includes the Greens, the “teal” independents, David Pocock, and the Jacqui Lambie Network, as well as some Liberals.</p> <p>Hanson’s office said she would “fight tooth and nail” for input into the pamphlet, noting One Nation was the first party in parliament to officially oppose the referendum.</p> <p>Thorpe’s office also told Guardian Australia she would seek to contribute to the no essay.</p> <p>Resolving the views of Thorpe and Hanson, at polar extremes of the voice debate, into one essay is set to be a major challenge for the no committee, with the two senators having to agree on their views over the vote before it can be signed off on. </p> <p>Albanese said the pamphlet would be “one thing that [voters] consider” but also pointed to the government’s referendum education campaigns, saying some Australians didn’t know much about the constitution, and education over the matter was key before Aussies cast their vote later this year. </p> <p>Yes23 campaign director Dean Parkin said that the continued education over the Voice to Parliament vote, such as the information pamphlet presenting both sides, will help Aussies make an informed decision. </p> <p>“This referendum is about uniting and bringing all Australians together, and that’s where our efforts will be focused over the coming months. We have a lot of faith in the decency of Australian people, and we know they want outcomes to be better for us, and want to see practical change. The voice is the means for us to do that.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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“He threw me under the bus”: Lidia Thorpe responds to Dad’s interview

<p>Senator Lidia Thorpe has accused her father of throwing her “under the bus” following his <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/lidia-thorpe-s-dad-calls-her-racist-in-extraordinary-interview" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TV interview</a>, where he claimed she was “very racist against white people”.</p> <p>Speaking to activist Tom Tanuki in an interview on Youtube, Ms Thorpe covered many of her recent controversies.</p> <p>“When I pay attention to the things you say, I am never left in any doubt as to exactly what your politics are. I always get an extremely firm sense of your perspective,” Mr Tanuki told the senator, who left the Greens in February 2023 following disagreements on the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament.</p> <p>“Your actions, even protest actions, marry up with your words. More than most politicians, let’s face it. You are ostensibly bulls*** free, in that you mean what you say and you will take actions to show that you mean it.”</p> <p>“And that’s always got me into trouble,” Ms Thorpe explained.</p> <p>“Because I’m a straight shooter, straight talker, I’ve got nothing to hide, and people struggle with that. And they want me to conform to what? What do you want me to be like? Do you want me to be like Pauline Hanson, do you want me to be like Jacinta Price? You know, what’s a good model politician that you want me to be like?</p> <p>“Obviously being myself is hard for people to understand. I’m a good person. I have a beautiful relationship, I have beautiful children. And my dad’s been texting me all morning, telling me he loves me, even though he threw me under the bus on Andrew Bolt.</p> <p>“So, you know, we all have our own lives and our own complications, but I’m a loving person, and I’m genuinely wanting to bring this country together. Working class conservatives and the left, on a journey towards peace and healing.”</p> <p>Roy Illingworth, Ms Thorpe’s father, took aim at her when speaking to <em>Sky News Australia</em> host Andrew Bolt, explaining he was “disappointed” by her abandoning her English and Irish heritage.</p> <p>“The way I see it, the way she is and the way she's changed over the years, she's a very racist person against white people," he said.</p> <p>“She doesn’t acknowledge any of her white side. I’m a bit disappointed in the way she’s been carrying on lately.</p> <p>“Because after all, she does have English background as well as Irish, the convict side.</p> <p>“She’s never, ever mentioned me in her speeches, never mentioned anything about a white father, which disappointed me a little bit.”</p> <p>Mr Illingowrth revealed he had fallen out with his daughter and had no contact with her children, although she did still call him for his birthday and Father’s Day.</p> <p>“She’s said a lot of bad and evil things to me over the years,” he said.</p> <p>“We still love each other and, at the end of the day, she’s still my daughter.”</p> <p>He claimed Ms Thorpe became politicised in her late teens and “turned racist”, though he did acknowledge her as a “strong woman”.</p> <p>Ms Thorpe has been at the front of several controversies, with the most recent being an intense altercation with a group of men outside a Melbourne strip club at 3am.</p> <p>The footage that emerged from the incident captured Ms Thorpe taunting the group of men, one of whom called her a racist dog, and saying another had a “small penis”.’</p> <p>She claimed she did not instigate the exchange and was just responding to harassment.</p> <p>Ms Thorpe gave further insight into the altercation with Mr Tanuki.</p> <p>“When I said that person had a little d**k, it was for the reason that you waited for us to walk out of the door and then, you had all your mates around you, and then you had a go at me,” she said.</p> <p>“I mean, don’t call yourself a man or a bigshot standing outside the door if you can basically wait and plan to have a go at a black senator who was spending money in the club, but also having some really beautiful conversations and yarns.</p> <p>“What has been portrayed is blatantly wrong, and it’s also exemplary of how this country deals with people like me, whether I’m a senator or not. I’m a black woman, and look at how black women are treated in this country.”</p> <p>Mr Tanuki later asked her why she thought the “Australian political media establishment” was “so concerned with policing your rudeness?”</p> <p>“I think different elements of the political spectrum have different reasons,” she responded.</p> <p>“If you look at the right-wing media, they’re scared. They’re becoming the minority, and they’ve not had to deal with truth in the way that’s being put in their face every day.</p> <p>“In terms of the progressives, they’ve all got their hands on their heart and they’re feeling really good about the voice, it appeases their white guilt, makes them feel like they’ve done something for us.</p> <p>“Even though they won’t pay the rent, or force the government to stop deaths in custody, or stop child removal, or give us our rights.”</p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty</em></p>

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Lidia Thorpe's dad calls her "racist" in extraordinary interview

<p>Lidia Thorpe’s father, Roy Illingworth, has used his appearance on <em>The Bolt Report </em>to share his take on the independent senator’s political stance. </p> <p>Speaking to Andrew Bolt, Illingworth confessed that he feels “disappointed” in his daughter, going so far as to state his controversial belief that he is “a very racist person”. </p> <p>“The way I see it, the way she is and the way she’s changed over the years, she’s a very racist person against white people,” Illingworth declared on the Sky News show. </p> <p>“She doesn’t acknowledge any of her white side. I’m a bit disappointed in the way she’s been carrying on lately.</p> <p>“Because after all, she does have [an] English background - as well as Irish, the convict side.</p> <p>“She’s never, ever mentioned me in her speeches; never mentioned anything about a white father, which disappointed me a little bit.”</p> <p>Illingworth went on to explain that their relationship had come with some tension for a while, though the two do keep in touch on important holidays, such as Father’s Day and birthdays. However, according to Illingworth, he has no contact with his grandchildren. </p> <p>He made the claim that Thorpe has “said a lot of bad and evil things”, but that the two still have love in their hearts for each other, as “at the end of the day, she’s still my daughter.”</p> <p>It was a point that Sky News’ Chris Kenny later took note of, sharing his opinion that no father should “publicly shame” their own child like that, after Illingworth made further claims - and even rejected some of Thorpe’s - about the senator’s upbringing. </p> <p>“I don’t take back any of my criticism of Lidia Thorpe, she’s a public figure, and she’s got to be accountable, and my job is to try to ensure that politicians and others in the public field are held to account,” Kenny said.</p> <p>“But if she needs help, or support, or wise counsel - or just a bit of moral support and a shoulder to cry on - well then, the people she should be able to rely on most of all are her family.</p> <p>“Roy Illingworth should be reaching out to his daughter. This father, he really should be seeing if he could do something to help his daughter.”</p> <p>Illingworth’s comments saw him attempt to silence Thorpe’s claims that she had always faced oppression, as he told Andrew Bolt, “she was really spoilt. She never went without anything growing up. She got everything she wanted and she knows that.”</p> <p>He made a point to note his belief that she “turned racist” as she entered the political world, and that she first showed an interest in that around 16.</p> <p>However, when it came to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s opinion that the senator needs “some support”, that her “behaviour is quite clearly unacceptable”, and that “there are obvious issues that need to be dealt with, in terms of her health issues”, Illingworth was not in agreement. </p> <p>“She’s just a strong woman,” he said. “That’s the way she’s always been.”</p> <p>The ‘behaviour’ in question was in regards to a strip club incident between Thorpe and some men, in which she had been recorded yelling at them, before receiving a life ban from the establishment. </p> <p>Thorpe dubbed Albanese’s take as a “continuation of racist and misogynistic” narratives, explaining that “saying I need some ‘mental help’ is a continuation of the old racist and misogynistic narrative used to discredit and silence outspoken and strong women, particularly Blak women.”</p> <p>And, in reference to those same comments - even before her own father had made his very public statement - she reflected that there is a “history of white men in power using the media to attack and demonise Blak people that stand up to racism.</p> <p>“Saying I need some ‘mental help’ is a continuation of the old racist and misogynistic narrative used to discredit and silence outspoken and strong women, particularly Blak women … While the Prime Minister and others have used this to try and undermine my progress, I have been busy out in [the] community talking to First Nations leaders about solutions to the problems our people face everyday.”</p> <p><em>Images: Sky News</em></p>

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"No-one is above the law": Pauline Hanson weighs in on wild Lidia Thorpe CCTV footage

<p dir="ltr">Pauline Hanson has urged police to investigate the moment Greens senator Lidia Thorpe lost control outside a strip club in Melbourne last weekend.</p> <p dir="ltr">Senator Thorpe was captured on CCTV as she became embroiled in a verbally abusive argument with a stranger in the early hours of the morning as she filmed bystanders from the door of a taxi.</p> <p dir="ltr">The One Nation senator said she wants Victoria Police to investigate the matter to see if Senator Thorpe broke the law during her tirade.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I think Victoria police should be carefully examining that footage to determine if Senator Thorpe has broken the law,” Senator Hanson said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The Australian Human Rights Commission might also consider examining the footage for possible breaches of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. I think the people subjected to her abuse on the weekend should come forward and see that she is held accountable, because the Senate has shown it’s too gutless to do so.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“No one – least of all an elected representative of the people – is above the law.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Hanson went on to say that Ms Thorpe was not an appropriate representative for Victorians.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Many Victorians would be asking if Senator Thorpe had any intentions of fairly representing them in Canberra given her obvious contempt for parliament and for those Australians who do not share her Aboriginal heritage, and even her contempt for those who do share Aboriginal her heritage but not her views,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That contempt is on full display in this footage and has been during incidents in which she has verbally attacked Aboriginal elders, or protested at public events, and even when she has spoken on the floor of the Senate.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hey Melbourne, Australia: <br />How did someone like Lidia Thorpe get into parliament? 🧐 <a href="https://t.co/w8VT9tCbjF">pic.twitter.com/w8VT9tCbjF</a></p> <p>— Meanwhile in Melbourne (@meanwhileinau) <a href="https://twitter.com/meanwhileinau/status/1647536448734904321?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 16, 2023</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The incident, which occurred outside a strip club at 3 am and was captured in its entirety on CCTV, clearly shows Senator Thorpe circling a group of men waiting outside the club before pointing her finger at them and shouting about the size of their genitalia.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the confrontation, Senator Thorpe can also be seen walking up to a man with his back to the wall of Maxine’s Gentleman’s Club before shouting abuse.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Thorpe has now been banned for life from the Brunswick strip club, as manager David Ross told news.com.au that he had now formally banned the politician in a letter that was sent to her office.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Nation split over Lidia Thorpe’s Mardi Gras protest

<p>Australians everywhere, from TV personalities to politicians and the public, have seized the opportunity to weigh in on Independent Senator Lidia Thorpe’s decision to temporarily halt Sydney’s 2023 Mardi Gras parade. </p> <p>Thorpe, who parted ways with the Greens party early in February, was - in her own words - protesting for “#NoPrideInGenocide, #NoPrideInPrisons, and #NoCopsInPride” when her actions caught the attention of the gathered crowds, with footage uploaded to social media showing her on her back in front of a parade float. </p> <p>In the clip, NSW police officers can be seen addressing Thorpe, and eventually she was moved on. Reports have stated that earlier, she could be seen walking backwards in front of an Australian Federal Police officer while waving a small rainbow flag. </p> <p>A statement from NSW Police claimed she was removed “at the request of organisers for breaching the terms of her participation”. They have since confirmed that the senator was not arrested and will not be charged over the incident. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Lidia Thorpe gonna Lidia Thorpe. <a href="https://t.co/879xXgA4LX">pic.twitter.com/879xXgA4LX</a></p> <p>— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) <a href="https://twitter.com/RitaPanahi/status/1629673736273293312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 26, 2023</a></p></blockquote> <p>As with all acts deemed controversial by social media, the video blew up, and the story reached the eyes and ears of people all across the country. </p> <p>Thorpe attempted to get ahead of the discussion and set the record straight, tweeting that she was proud to have joined the Pride in Protest with their No Pride in Genocide float, as “Black and brown trans women started the first pride march as a protest against police violence. Today, we still face violence from [the] police.” </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Black and brown trans women started the first pride march as a protest against police violence. Today, we still face violence from police. Proud to have joined the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrideInProtest?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PrideInProtest</a> float in Sydney to say <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NoPrideInGenocide?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NoPrideInGenocide</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NoPrideInPrisons?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NoPrideInPrisons</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NoCopsInPride?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NoCopsInPride</a></p> <p>— Senator Lidia Thorpe (@SenatorThorpe) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorThorpe/status/1629609463396302848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 25, 2023</a></p></blockquote> <p>When Thorpe’s attendance was first announced, No Pride in Genocide’s spokesperson Mikhael Burnard stated that “the oppression of queer people and the oppression of Indigenous people and refugees are one and the same fight.”</p> <p>And while many raced to Lidia’s comment section to declare her a “legend” for their movement, just as many have been loud about their distaste for the senator’s actions. </p> <p>“Lidia Thorpe did the queerest thing out of anyone at that co-opted, corporatised, pinkwashed excuse for a Pride march, &amp; it aligns with the sentiments/needs of the most vulnerable members of the LGBTIQA+ community - &amp; marginalised communities at large,” wrote one supporter. </p> <p>“God it's funny how people don't understand that the entire point of protest is to be disruptive,” tweeted another, “that's why it's effective. Lidia Thorpe could write a polite letter to the king of the police that will do nothing, or she can actually centre cops at pride as part of the conversation.”</p> <p>“Rusted on supporters of Lidia Thorpe who said yesterday it was ‘important context’ that she stopped a ‘police float’ now say it doesn't matter which float she stopped after learning last night it was a float for youth mental health services,” wrote a critic. </p> <p>And now, radio’s Ben Fordham and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet have seen fit to offer their opinion. Notably, neither figure was in attendance at the Mardi Gras celebration, although <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/anthony-albanese-makes-history-at-mardi-gras" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Prime Minister Anthony Albanese made history</a> with his march in support of Australia’s thriving LGBTQIA+ community. </p> <p><em>2GB</em>’s Ben Fordham labelled Lidia a “rogue”, calling her protest “a whole new low.” </p> <p>“Once again she has proven she is unfit for public office,” Ben, who has never held a position in office himself, went on, “that’s the reality.”</p> <p>The debate over having police officers at Pride events has been around for a long time, and many came to Lidia’s defence citing the history of police repression with the LGBTQIA+ community - including but not limited to police brutality towards organisers, advocates, and participants alike. </p> <p>In New South Wales, where Mardi Gras was held this year with WorldPride, the failure of authorities to investigate murders of a homophobic nature across three decades is never far from the minds of many. Ben, however, had his own take on the matter. </p> <p>“Even though you’ve got police officers who for decades now have been part of the Mardi Gras trying to send a message to the gay and lesbian community that they’re on their side,” he said, “Lidia Thorpe doesn’t want them there.”</p> <p>“It’s just typical Lidia Thorpe. It’s a disgrace,” Premier Dominic Perrottet agreed. </p> <p>“As a society, we need to respect different views and not just tolerate it, but celebrate different perspectives,” Perrottet went on as he continued to condemn Thorpe’s standpoint, “and what we see from Lidia Thorpe and the Greens is this negativity and worse than that, this divisive nature of their politics.”</p> <p><em>Images: Twitter</em></p>

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Ian Thorpe gets his Olympic report card

<p>Ian Thorpe has proven he doesn’t need to be in the pool at the Olympics to be a star.</p> <p>Twenty-one years after first winning gold at the Sydney Olympic Games, Thorpe has given his expert commentary for Channel 7 during the Tokyo games – and fans are absolutely loving it.</p> <p>From winning gold medals to predicting the future, Ian Thorpe has proved he can do it all at the Olympics.</p> <p>Twenty-one years after first winning gold at the Sydney Games, Thorpedo is playing a starring role in Tokyo – but in a very different capacity.</p> <p>The Australian swimming legend is giving his expert analysis for Channel 7.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="../media/7842727/ian-thorpe-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/60b14eeb144d4ffcb3369202de846398" /></p> <p><em>Thorpe always believed Titmus was going to bring it home late. Image: Supplied. </em></p> <p>Through the swimming legend’s insight, he predicted what Katie Ledecky’s final time would be and got within a second of the stopwatch.</p> <p>Thorpe went at it again during Aussie superstar Ariarne Titmus’ second blockbuster showdown of the Games with Ledecky in the 200m freestyle final on Tuesday.</p> <p>“I think Ariarne has Ledecky covered in this race,” Thorpe said.</p> <p>“She can transition a lot better into different speeds. So she’ll build up her speed, whereas Katie Ledecky seems to get stuck in one gear.</p> <p>“She has a consistency that comes with that speed, but she can’t increase it in any way — it doesn’t develop.</p> <p>“Whereas when you saw Ariarne come over the top of Ledecky in the 400m freestyle final, she was gradually increasing that speed and there was a 0.4 second difference in their last 50m.”</p> <p>Thorpe was right again, proving his expertise is on point.</p> <p>Ledecky went hard and Titmus was trailing the whole way up until the final lap.</p> <p>The 20-year-old from Tasmania eventually overtook her biggest rival in the final 25m to win gold medal No. 2.</p> <p>Thorpe took time to point out Titmus’ turning ability, and said she was accelerating into the wall and springing off of it better than Ledecky was.</p> <p>The Aussie finally took the lead for the first time at the final turn.</p> <p>His fellow Channel 7 commentator Leisel Jones, who has competed in four Olympics, praised Thorpe when Japan’s Ohashi Yui won the 200m women’s individual medley.</p> <p>“I’m going to say Thorpey called that before we started,” Jones said during Seven’s broadcast.</p> <p>“He said, ‘Watch for Ohashi Yui to go for the double’.”</p> <p>“After seeing that 400 IM, this was the clear frontrunner in this race,” Thorpe said when explaining why he tipped Ohashi to win again.</p> <p>Aussie watchers have praised the Olympic swimmer for his brilliant commentary, with one saying: “He is amazing, I love listening to him.</p> <p>Another wrote: “Ian Thorpe owns commentary. He regularly calls the winner 50m out.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Love <a href="https://twitter.com/IanThorpe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IanThorpe</a> commentary for the swimming.</p> <p>— Eric (@bananman1234) <a href="https://twitter.com/bananman1234/status/1420593762816847872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2021</a></p></blockquote> <p>A third person added: “How wonderful Ian Thorpe’s commentary. He is so informative, speaks so calmly.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">And how wonderful is Ian Thorpe’s commentary.He is so informative,speaks so calmly.Great👏</p> <p>— Lynette (@lynettekc) <a href="https://twitter.com/lynettekc/status/1420566887612616704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2021</a></p></blockquote> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/lynettekc/status/1420566887612616704?s=21" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://twitter.com/lynettekc/status/1420566887612616704?s=21</a></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Ian Thorpe is the Ricky Ponting of swimming commentary.</p> <p>— justin1flynn 🐯🏆🏆🏆 (@justin1flynn) <a href="https://twitter.com/justin1flynn/status/1420558861140852741?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2021</a></p></blockquote> <p><em>Image: Neal Simpson/EMPICS via Getty Images<span style="font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;"> </span></em></p>

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"You want a minute’s silence from me?" Lidia Thorpe speaks out on Queen's passing

<p dir="ltr">Indigenous Greens senator Lidia Thorpe has accused the British Royal Family of genocide in the wake of the Queen’s death.</p> <p dir="ltr">Queen Elizabeth II was under medical supervision due to her deteriorating health before she passed away on September 8.</p> <p dir="ltr">The death of the longest reigning monarch has seen many instances of the traditional "minute of silence" observed in Australia and around the world – at sporting events, in Parliament and in many other settings.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, Ms Thorpe said that she refused to give a minute's silence to the late Queen, who she says is part of the family who “declared a war on these shores”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Djab Wurrung, Gunnai and Gunditjmara senator wrote an opinion piece for <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/14/dont-ask-me-to-give-the-queen-a-minutes-silence-ask-me-for-my-truth-about-british-colonialism?fbclid=IwAR3P1sJO7LFcnsDA2D_eOJ3zycCt_fJPUKRElZgwfM7blwh6Wc8XiEqXVPc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Guardian</a> and shared it to Facebook with the caption: “They buried our kids in the sand and kicked off their heads, and you want me to pay my respects? This isn’t about an individual, it’s about the institution she represents and the genocide that they’re responsible for”.</p> <p dir="ltr">She first revealed that the news of the Queen’s death broke at the same time of her cousin’s funeral who had died in custody.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The institutions that British colonisation brought here, from the education that erases us to the prisons that kill us, are designed to destroy the oldest living culture in the world,” she wrote in the opinion piece.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That’s the legacy of the crown in this country.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The ‘British empire’ declared a war on these shores, against this country’s First Nations peoples. This led to massacres. And you want a minute’s silence from me?</p> <p dir="ltr">“Their war continues and is still felt today – on our children, our men, our land, our water, the air we breathe. Yet we’re meant to kneel to the colonising force with our hands on our hearts?”</p> <p dir="ltr">She went on to call Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s decision to mark September 22 as a “National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen” as insulting.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Thorpe slammed the announcement saying that First Nations people have called for January 26 to be acknowledged as a Day of Mourning since 1938.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We called for a Day of Mourning so that this country could understand how we’re still affected by colonisation today,” she continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’re not grieving a singular human life, we’re reeling from the violence that is the legacy of the monarchy.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Who gave permission for our flag to be lowered to half-mast? That power has been taken away from us, again.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She went on to say that Australia doesn’t need a king but instead needed a “head of state” elected by the people.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The Queen is dead. I’ve had some days to reflect, and know that people wanted me to come out ranting and raving to confirm their views of me as a crazy Blak woman. In the days since, I’ve seen anger and disbelief from First Nations people at the glorification of our oppressor,’’ she said on Monday night.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This Country has a new King. The parliament and the Prime Minister are subjugated to someone we didn’t elect. We don’t need a new King, we need a head of state chosen by the people.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The process towards being able to pick our own head of state would bring us all together – it would force us to tell the truth about our history and move us towards real action to right the wrongs that started with colonisation.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We could use this moment and momentum to empower people to democratically elect our own leader. Someone who represents all of us, uniting a country that has owned up to its past and chosen its own future. That unity would be more powerful than any King.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The comment section of Ms Thorpe’s post showed a lot of support for the Indigenous senator with many praising her stance.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is a shameful country. Shameful leaders who choose to ignore the atrocities from the past and present. Thank you Senator for your strength in standing up!!” someone wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You are amazing. I'd rather look to you as a queen than that archaic system that traumatised first nations people all over the world,” another commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s so great hearing your voice and indigenous voices loudly in parliament. You’re doing an amazing job. You are making a massive difference. Full respect,” another read.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Facebook</em></p>

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“Australia's version of apartheid": Pauline Hanson hits back at Lidia Thorpe

<p dir="ltr">One Nation senator Pauline Hanson has claimed adding an Indigenous Voice to Parliament would be “Australia’s version of apartheid” while speaking to a largely empty Senate chamber.</p> <p dir="ltr">Most of her Senate colleagues were watching Greens leader Adam Bandt’s address at the National Press Club when Senator Hanson tripled down on her opposition to voters being asked to enshrine an Indigenous advisory body into the constitution.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The risk is very real that the sovereignty that all Australians have over their land and country will be handed to a racial minority,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Why does this have to be in the constitution? What is the real ulterior motive? This can only be about power - creating a nation within a nation.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This can only be about taking power from whitefellas and giving it to blackfellas. This is Australia's version of apartheid.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Are they prepared for the compensation or reparations which will be demanded when the High Court decides that traditional ownership means sovereign control?”</p> <p dir="ltr">Having stormed out of Parliament last week in opposition to the Acknowledgement of Country, Senator Hanson then set her sights on the concept of acknowledgement of country speeches, which are read every day at the start of parliament.</p> <p dir="ltr">She even complained that they were now delivered on aeroplanes.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Where will you stand, given that you acknowledge traditional ownership every day? Do you acknowledge that I, like millions of Australians, legally own my land and worked very hard for it?” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Do I have rights to my land, too? Can't you acknowledge my connection to my land and my love for my country?”</p> <p dir="ltr">She then went after her most forceful critic, Greens senator Lidia Thompson, who herself <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/lidia-thorpe-causes-a-stir-after-mocking-the-queen" target="_blank" rel="noopener">caused a scene on Monday</a> when she called the Queen a “coloniser” in her oath of allegiance.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I note Lidia Thorpe's racist interjection in the past when she told me to go back to where I came from,” Senator Hanson continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She can rest assured that I did, indeed, go back to where I came from - back to Queensland, where I was born and where I raised my children, and where my parents and grandparents were born.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There is nowhere else for me to go. Australia is my home. Australia is our home - indigenous and non-indigenous alike.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Senator Hanson’s five-minute speech also saw her strongly praise controversial senator Jacinta Price, the only Indigenous MP who opposes the Voice to Parliament.</p> <p dir="ltr">Senator Price claimed the acknowledgement of country speeches were among tokenistic “virtue signalling” that have “saturated” Australia, adding that the Voice to Parliament wasn’t universally accepted among her people.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I personally have had more than my fill of being symbolically recognised,” Senator Thorpe said in her maiden speech last week.</p> <p dir="ltr">“No, Prime Minister, we don't need another handout… and no, we Indigenous Australians have not come to agreement on this statement.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Addressing Senator Hanson’s walkout, Senator Thorpe said she thinks she understands the One Nation MP’s “frustrations”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We don’t want to see all these symbolic gestures,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We want to see real action.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-216e2888-7fff-b744-a955-411d1ce41124"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Commonwealth of Australia</em></p>

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Lidia Thorpe causes a stir after mocking the Queen

<p>Outspoken Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe has been forced to take a second oath of allegiance in the Senate.</p> <p>This comes after causing quite the stir by openly describing the Queen as a “coloniser”.</p> <p>The controversial Victorian Greens Senator has previously said that the Australian parliament had no permission to be here and that her role as an Indigenous woman was to “infiltrate” the senate.</p> <p>She was asked to recite the oath of allegiance, then marched towards the despatch box with her fist in the air before stating: “I, sovereign Lidia Thorpe, do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful, and I bear true allegiance to the colonising Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”</p> <p>MPs present then interjected, warning that she would not be officially considered a senator if she failed to recite the pre-written oath properly.</p> <p>“Senator Thorpe, Senator Thorpe, you are required to recite the oath as printed on the card,’’ Senate President Sue Lines said.</p> <p>Senator Thorpe then took the oath again, mispronouncing "heirs and successors" as the Queen’s “hairs” and successors.</p> <p>Later, taking to Twitter, she declared: “Sovereignty never ceded.”</p> <p>This isn’t the first time the Greens Senator has raised public concerns about colonisation.</p> <p>In June when speaking to the ABC, she argued that the Australian flag represents “dispossession, massacre and genocide” and accused the media of pitting her against Liberal Senator Jacinta Price.</p> <p>“The colonial project came here and murdered our people. I’m sorry we’re not happy about that,” she said.</p> <p>“If people are going to get a little bit upset along the way, well that’s just part of the truth telling. The truth hurts.”</p> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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“I needed to say it”: Ian Thorpe opens up about coming out

<p dir="ltr">Ian Thorpe has opened up about the moment he first decided to speak out about his sexuality during an interview with English television presenter Sir Michael Parkinson, and how he wished had come out earlier.</p> <p dir="ltr">The former Olympic swimmer spoke about the 2014 interview during Sunday night’s episode of <em>This Is Your Life</em>, telling host Melissa Doyle he was “comfortable” coming out at that moment.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was always doing this interview with Sir Michael Parkinson. I had just come out to my family and to my very, very closest friends,” the 39-year-old said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I had spent some time with [Sir Michael Parksinson] before the interview and told him, ‘You should ask me if I’m gay because I’m going to tell you I am’.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thorpe added that it was the first time he felt he could put himself “out there” and be his “authentic self”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I needed to say it,” he continued. “It was the first time I felt I was comfortable enough to put myself out there. It was important to be my authentic self.”</p> <p dir="ltr">During the 2014 interview, he said: “I’ve thought about this for a long time. I’m not straight. And this is only something that very recently – in the past two weeks – I’ve been comfortable telling the closest people around me exactly that.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Referring to the first time he was asked about his sexuality at 16 years of age, Thorpe said he didn’t know at that stage but “was still gay at the end of the day”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yes I lied about it,” he said. “I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The then-31-year-old also spoke about his fears of letting his friends, family and the country down by being open about his sexuality.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Part of me didn’t know if Australia wanted its champion to be gay. But I’m telling the world that I am,” he said, adding that the support of his family and friends made him wish he’d come out sooner.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-7af7a3df-7fff-44bf-a641-28c4d4521832"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Ian Thorpe breaks silence after ex’s death

<p>Ian Thorpe has finally broken his silence two weeks after his ex-boyfriend Ryan Channing passed away. </p> <p>The 32-year-old was battling several health issues while on holiday at Bali and was rushed to hospital after fainting from an overdose of prescription medication. </p> <p>Doctors were unsuccessful in reviving Channing, who died on May 8 at Bali’s BIMC Hospital.</p> <p>The skincare entrepreneur was Thorpe’s first boyfriend after he came out back in 2015 - and he has since spoken about his tragic death.</p> <p>“This is a relationship that I had that was a long-term relationship and I feel for Ryan’s family,” Thorpe told <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/ian-thorpe-speaks-for-first-time-since-former-longterm-partner-ryan-channings-death/news-story/9e20b734491ad7f27b59d98dc33ba18a" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a>.</p> <p>“I hope people are able to respect their privacy as well. I think when it is someone that is so young, it is tragic for anyone to see them passing at that kind of age.”</p> <p>The pair were in an on-off relationship for about four years and were also engaged at one point before breaking it off completely in 2019. </p> <p>Channing’s mother Joy spent the last two days next to her son in hospital and issued a statement thanking everyone for their support.</p> <p>“Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming love and support you have shown to us through this tragic time in our lives,” she wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“We are still in Bali but hope to be able to home (sic) soon.”</p> <p>Channing’s skincare company The Blaq Group also issued a statement at the time of his death remembering him for his “fun spirit”.</p> <p>“It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that The Blaq Group founder, Ryan Channing, has passed away at the age of 32,” the tribute began.</p> <p>“Ryan had been battling with health issues over the past few months and died in hospital after being taken suddenly ill on Sunday May 8th whilst on holidays in Bali."</p> <p>“His inspiration led to the creation of highly regarded skincare brands, Flight Mode and Generation Skin as well as the flagship brand Blaq which strives to empower equality through its distinctive messages of acceptance and inclusivity.</p> <p>“His fun and loving spirit will be missed by all.</p> <p>“Rest In Peace, Ryan Channing.</p> <p>“August 31st 1989 - May 8th 2022.”</p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Ryan Channing's cause of death revealed

<p dir="ltr">Ian Thorpe’s ex-boyfriend Ryan Channing’s cause of death has been finally revealed by Indonesian authorities. </p> <p dir="ltr">Ryan Channing, a model, lawyer and skincare brand creator from Perth, was at Bali’s BIMC Hospital on <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/ian-thorpe-s-ex-boyfriend-dies" target="_blank" rel="noopener">May 8 when he died</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 32-year-old was battling several health issues on the holiday island and was rushed to hospital after fainting due to “overdose of prescription medication”. </p> <p dir="ltr">Doctors spent two days trying to save his life but were unsuccessful. </p> <p dir="ltr">His body is expected to arrive in Perth on Friday on a repatriation flight from Indonesia with the funeral to be held next week.</p> <p dir="ltr">Channing’s mother Joy spent the last two days next to her son in hospital and issued a statement thanking everyone for their support.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming love and support you have shown to us through this tragic time in our lives,” she wrote on Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are still in Bali but hope to be able to home (sic) soon.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Channing’s skincare company The Blaq Group also <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/ian-thorpe-s-ex-boyfriend-s-family-responds-to-vile-rumours" target="_blank" rel="noopener">issued a statement</a> at the time of his death remembering him for his “fun spirit”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that The Blaq Group founder, Ryan Channing, has passed away at the age of 32,” the tribute began.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Ryan had been battling with health issues over the past few months and died in hospital after being taken suddenly ill on Sunday May 8th whilst on holidays in Bali."</p> <p dir="ltr">“His inspiration led to the creation of highly regarded skincare brands, Flight Mode and Generation Skin as well as the flagship brand Blaq which strives to empower equality through its distinctive messages of acceptance and inclusivity.</p> <p dir="ltr">“His fun and loving spirit will be missed by all.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Rest In Peace, Ryan Channing.</p> <p dir="ltr">“August 31st 1989 - May 8th 2022.”</p> <p dir="ltr">A representative for Ian Thorpe said ​​“thoughts are with Ryan’s family” when news of his death broke. </p> <p dir="ltr">The skincare entrepreneur was Thorpe’s first boyfriend after he came out back in 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair were in an on-off relationship for about four years and were also engaged at one point before breaking it off completely in 2019. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Ian Thorpe’s ex-boyfriend’s family responds to vile rumours

<p>A close relative of Ian Thorpe’s ex-boyfriend Ryan Channing has slammed vile rumours claiming that the 32-year-old had HIV when he suddenly passed away in Bali.</p> <p>The only detail his family have confirmed pertaining to his passing is that it was not the result of Covid, although he was hospitalised in Sydney with the virus eight weeks ago.</p> <p>His skincare company, The Blaq Group, confirmed that Channing had been battling health issues for a few months prior to his death, but the nature of those issues remains unknown.</p> <p>Trolls took to Channing's Instagram page overnight on Wednesday to spread unverified rumours that he took his own life, and that he had the HIV virus.</p> <p>But Abbey Channing, a young relative, hit back - politely asking people not to “make assumptions about somebody's death”.</p> <p>The Blaq Group posted an emotional tribute on Thursday, remembering the 32-year-old for his “fun loving spirit”.</p> <p>“It is with heavy heart that we share the news that The Blaq Group founder, Ryan Channing, has passed away at the age of 32,” the tribute began.</p> <p>“Ryan had been battling with health issues over the past few months and died in hospital after being taken suddenly ill on Sunday May 8th whilst on holidays in Bali."</p> <p>“His inspiration led to the creation of highly regarded skincare brands, Flight Mode and Generation Skin as well as the flagship brand Blaq which strives to empower equality through its distinctive messages of acceptance and inclusivity.</p> <p>“His fun and loving spirit will be missed by all.</p> <p>“Rest In Peace, Ryan Channing.</p> <p>“August 31st 1989 - May 8th 2022.”</p> <p>A friend has shared that Channing, had been “battling health issues for some time”.</p> <p>Channing was the first long term boyfriend of former Olympic swimming champion Thorpe after coming out as gay and the two were in an on-again, off-again relationship for four years until they split for good in 2019.</p> <p>Channing's last Instagram post was a photo from Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital eight weeks ago after testing positive to the virus.</p> <p>A representative for Thorpe said his thoughts were with Ryan's family.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Ian Thorpe’s ex boyfriend dies

<p dir="ltr">Ian Thorpe’s first boyfriend after coming out has died after battling severe health issues.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ryan Channing, a model, lawyer and skincare brand creator from Perth, was at Bali’s BIMC Hospital on May 8 where he died.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 32-year-old’s friends confirmed the heartbreaking news to <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/former-fiance-of-olympic-swimmer-ian-thorpe-ryan-channing-dies-suddenly-in-bali/news-story/15ee73f749abe38b31d10e1b140b7937" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a> on Wednesday.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Everyone is distraught. It is just so sad and everyone is shocked,” a friend told the publication.</p> <p dir="ltr">The friend revealed that Channing had been “battling health issues” for a while.  </p> <p dir="ltr">Channing’s last Instagram post was of him at St Vincent’s Hospital after contracting Covid-19.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Covid got me GEWD. Thanks to the amazing nurses at @stvincentshospitalsydney,” his caption read with a selfie holding up the peace sign.</p> <p dir="ltr">It however remains unclear whether or not Covid contributed to his death.</p> <p dir="ltr">A representative for Ian Thorpe said ​​“thoughts are with Ryan’s family”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The skincare entrepreneur was Thorpe’s first boyfriend after he came out back in 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair were in an on-off relationship for about four years and were also engaged at one point before breaking it off completely in 2019. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Ben Fordham unleashes on Canberra's "most toxic politician"

<p>Talk show host Ben Fordham has described Senato Lidia Thorpe as the "most toxic politician in Canberra" after she blasted Scott Morrison for his Stolen Generations speech in parliament.</p> <p>When the Prime Minister said "the hardest [word] is I forgive you" when referring to the national apology to the Stolen Generations, Senator Thorpe said Scott Morrison had shown "outright disrespect" to the Indigenous children who were removed from their families.</p> <p>Writing on Twitter, the Greens senator said, "This is outright disrespect to all those effected by Stolen Generations in this country. How dare you ask for forgiveness when you still perpetrate racist policies and systems that continue to steal our babies."</p> <p>In response to Lidia's statement, Fordham labelled her a "lunatic", saying "she doesn't belong" in parliament.</p> <p>He said, "Senator Thorpe is possibly the most toxic politician in Canberra, and that's saying something."</p> <p>"Her conduct is embarrassing. She entered office in 2020 and ever since she's had an appetite for destruction."</p> <p>Fordham went on to call Senator Thorpe a "fruit cake" and "unhinged" over previous instances of political passion in the Senate.</p> <p>The PM's "apology" was condemned by Indigenous Australians, as The First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria slammed the speech, releasing an official response containing only the four words: "Get in the bin."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Twitter @ben_fordham9 @senatorthorpe</em></p>

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Ian Thorpe doesn't hold back in slamming ScoMo's religious discrimination bill

<p dir="ltr"> Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe has hit out against Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s religious discrimination bill.</p><p dir="ltr">Appearing at a media conference on Tuesday, the Olympian minced no words while sharing his opinion of the bill.</p><p dir="ltr">“We want to see it disappear,” he <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10487413/Ian-Thorpe-unleashes-Scott-Morrisons-religious-discrimination-bill.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">said</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">“It has no friends in Parliament, it hasn’t, the first time it came around, the second has come around, and now this is the third time of this bill and is something that we would prefer to see squashed and get rid of it.”</p><p dir="ltr">“What this is, is it becomes a state-sanctioned discrimination. To give rights for 100 people while excluding another group of people, for me, is discrimination.</p><p dir="ltr">“And with that, we should consider what this place that we are in, what it represents and how it represents each and everyone of us.”</p><p dir="ltr">His comments come as the proposed amendments to the bill would prevent religious schools from having the right to expel gay students, but withholding the same protection from transgender students.</p><p dir="ltr">The bill is Mr Morrison’s top priority as Parliament returns this week and ahead of the upcoming federal election.</p><p dir="ltr">Appearing on Sunrise, Thorpe said the bill allows “state-sponsored discrimination”.</p><p dir="ltr">“Any bill that protects one group of people yet discriminates against another group of people, it’s actually wrong.”</p><p dir="ltr">Thorpe was joined on the show by transgender Year 12 student Olivia, who told reporters she experienced “direct discrimination” from a former school after coming out.</p><p dir="ltr">“They told me I was very likely to be bullied by people… that my twin brother in the same year at the school would also be bullied. They told us that his leadership potential would be jeopardised,” she said.</p><p dir="ltr">“They said that if I just leave this term, it would not have to pay the rest of the term’s fees. This left me without a school going into the new year and with nowhere to go.”</p><p dir="ltr">The retired swimmer, who came out as gay in 2014, said he supported people expressing their faiths and that he had been raised in a Christian household, but that expressing a view “that may be villifying another group of people'' would come with repercussions.</p><p dir="ltr">Members of the LGBTQI+ community fear the proposed laws could see them be denied work opportunities from those with religious views, as the laws protect a person from being discriminated against on the basis of their religion.</p><p dir="ltr">Finance minister and Senate leader, Simon Birmingham, confirmed the amendments would only relate to sexual orientation, raising concerns that trans students would be excluded and left unprotected.</p><p dir="ltr">“The proposal that is put forward is to repeal the exemption as it relates to students being exempted from the Sex Discrimination Act on the basis of their sexual orientation. Now it doesn’t go further than that,” he told ABC Radio on Tuesday.</p><p dir="ltr">However, Mr Morrison denied that transgender students would not be able to be expelled from religious schools.</p><p dir="ltr">“This bill does not seek to endorse that arrangement. That's an existing law. What we're dealing with today are not those matters,” he said.</p><p dir="ltr">“We're dealing with discrimination against people for their religious belief and faith.”</p><p dir="ltr">Despite opposition from within his own party and from the opposition, Mr Morrison said he was confident the bill would pass parliament.</p><p dir="ltr">“I stand by it 100 per cent, and I'm standing with the millions of Australians for whom this is such an important issue,” he told reporters in Canberra.</p><p dir="ltr">“For many Australians, their faith and religion is their culture, you can't separate them.”</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Getty Images</em></p>

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Senator accused of "disgusting statement"

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe has been accused of telling Liberal Senator Hollies Hughes “at least I keep my legs shut” during a debate in parliament.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Senator Thorpe made the interjection during Question Time on Wednesday, while NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds was answering a question about International Day of Persons with Disabilities. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though parliamentary microphones failed to capture the comment, Amanda Stoker, a trained lawyer and Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, said she had clearly heard what was interjected.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can tell you what I heard with my own ears. She said, ‘At least I keep my legs shut’,” Senator Stoker told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Liberal Senator Ben Small said he also heard the comment clearly and addressed it in parliament.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Senator Thorpe just made the most outrageous statement directed at Senator Hughes, which you probably didn’t hear,” he told parliament shortly before 7.30pm that night.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But in the scheme of disgusting statements made in this chamber that surely ranks at the top of them.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Senator Thorpe responded by retracting the comment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am happy to retract. I just got a view of something over there that disturbs me, but I’m happy to retract,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outside of parliament, Senator Small told </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/politics/greens-senator-lidia-thorpe-accused-of-legs-shut-gibe-at-liberal-colleague/news-story/0c9d7e078ab0cd95a2b266b06953a4f0" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that he had clearly heard Senator Thorpe’s remarks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I did very clearly hear Senator Thorpe heckle ‘at least I keep my legs shut’,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846046/lydia-thorpe1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d793decc8cd84889a2a4257016282e74" /></span></p> <p><em>Senator Thorpe brought up the recent deaths of two Indigenous women in custody during Wednesday's debate. Image: @senatorthorpe (Instagram)</em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The heckle <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-02/greens-lidia-thorpe-apology-sexist-comment-hollie-hughes/100668108" target="_blank">appears to have come</a> after Senator Hughes heckled Senator Thorpe, saying she had “dismissed people with a disability” by redirecting the debate towards the recent deaths of two Indigenous women in custody.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Really classy,” Senator Hughes said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The latest incident comes a day after Liberal Senator David Van apologised for making an interjection while independent senator Jacqui Lambie spoke, after several senators described his interjection as a growl.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He made an “unreserved apology” but denied he was making an animal noise. He did concede that he had interjected while Senator Lambie was speaking, which was not appropriate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was just interjecting with a gruff voice and I think with the mask and everything, in all the noise that was going on, it was that,” Senator Van said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was in no way an animal noise or meant to be disrespectful to (her) in any sort of gendered way.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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