Senator Lidia Thorpe lodges 'racist' Greens Human Rights Commission complaint ... trends now
Lidia Thorpe will lodge a complaint to the Human Rights Commission about the racism she alleges she experienced while a member of the Greens.
The DjabWurrung Gunnai Gunditjmara woman and independent senator said her lawyer had advised her there were 'enough grounds for a case'.
Senator Thorpe left the Greens party to represent the 'Blak sovereign movement' in February.
Speaking to ABC's Insiders on Sunday, Senator Thorpe said she had 'experienced racism all my life in every workplace, and the Greens were no different'.
Senator Lidia Thorpe has lodged a human rights complaint against her former party the Greens
'I want racism stamped out ... It's called institutional racism,' she said.
'It's the foundation of these institutions that are racist, that allow racism to occur. I think we all need to look at ourselves within and eradicate that and make our workplaces safer.'
Earlier this week, Senator Thorpe accused her former colleague Sarah Hanson-Young of racism in a tense exchange during senate estimates.
She made the allegation while Senator Hanson-Young was grilling ABC's Managing Director David Anderson and News Director Justin Stevens about the national broadcaster's handling of Stan Grant's exit from Q+A over racial abuse.
'She needs to look at herself,'