Lidia Thorpe was sworn in as the first Aboriginal senator for the Australian state of Victoria on October 6.
This footage shows Thorpe outside Parliament House carrying a stick with 441 lines burnt on it to represent the Aboriginal people who have died in custody since the 1991 royal commission.
“On this stick, there is a mark for every life lost at the hands of the system,” she said. "So I’ll be taking this message into this place today as a symbol and a reminder that we’ve still got a long way to go and that we have to end this systemic violence against Aboriginal people in this country.
“So I’m not going in there to have a good time. I’m going in there to continue the fight that I’ve always fought, and that is the fight for our people to survive the system and change the system so that it’s better for everybody.”
Thorpe, who takes the seat of former Greens leader Richard Di Natale, entered the chamber wearing a possum-skin cloak and with a clenched fist raised. Credit: Lidia Thorpe via Storyful