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Independent senator Lidia Thorpe has pulled out of an appearance on ABC’s Q&A panel, citing ongoing concerns over her security.

In a post made in capital letters and shared on Facebook half an hour before the program’s start, Senator Thorpe said she would not be appearing on the program because of the threats from a “Nazi terrorist organisation”.

“FTP. IAM NOT PROTECTED FROM A KNOWN FAR RIGHT NAZI TERRORIST ORGANISATION. THAT IS WHY I CANT DO Q&A TONIGHT,” she wrote.

Her comments after a suspected neo-Nazi group tagged her in a video shared a video on X, formerly known as Twitter, depicting a man in a balaclava reading a racist statement, burning an Indigenous flag, and performing a Nazi salute.

Since the video was posted earlier this month, Senator Thorpe, Djab Wurrung Gunnai Gunditjmara woman, has been vocally critical over the response by the Australian Federal Police and Victorian Police.

Originally Senator Thorpe was set to join Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister Patrick Gorman, former foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer, Liberal Senator for Queensland James McGrath, and advertising executive and author Dee Madigan.

Q&A host Patricia Karvelas acknowledged Senator Thorpe’s absence.

“Before we start tonight, independent senator Lidia Thorpe has informed us that she can’t attend tonight because of what she says are ongoing threats from a known terrorist organisation and has also posted that message on social media,” she said.

“Apologies for those expecting her.”

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