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Peter FitzSimons’ Australian Republican Movement is causing a stir with a strange lizard Twitter post

Peter FitzSimons’ republican group baffles Australia with bizarre lizard post: ‘I’m becoming more and more convinced this is a monarchist front’

  • The Australian Republican Movement is stepping up operations after the Queen’s death
  • The movement’s latest tweet has attracted a lot of attention for a bizarre reason
  • Peter Fitzsimon’s group posted an image that many associate with a conspiracy
  • ARM chief executive said links between post and conspiracies ‘absurd’

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Peter FitzSimons’ Republican group has stunned Australians with a peculiar lizard-centric social media post – as it launches a new push for the country to cut ties with the monarchy.

The Australian Republican Movement, led by the Sydney-based commentator and author, called on Australians to ‘think about the nation’s future’ in a tweet featuring an image of the iconic outback lizard, the Thorny Devil, on Friday.

The organization wrote: ‘We now have a King of Australia. Charles is not one of us and we did not choose him to be our head of state. We hear you and agree that the concept of an Australian king is both disturbing and foreign. Now is the time for us to think about the future of our nation.

But it was the odd photo selection of the Australian lizard perched on a dune that accompanied the post that caught readers’ attention.

The Australian Republican Movement, led by the Sydney-based commentator and author, called on Australians to 'think about the nation's future' in a tweet featuring an image of the iconic outback lizard, the Thorny Devil, on Friday.

The Australian Republican Movement, led by the Sydney-based commentator and author, called on Australians to ‘think about the nation’s future’ in a tweet featuring an image of the iconic outback lizard, the Thorny Devil, on Friday.

Peter FitzSimons' (pictured with wife Lisa Wilkinson) Australian Republican Movement has stepped up its campaign following the Queen's death

Peter FitzSimons' (pictured with wife Lisa Wilkinson) Australian Republican Movement has stepped up its campaign following the Queen's death

Peter FitzSimons’ (pictured with wife Lisa Wilkinson) Australian Republican Movement has stepped up its campaign following the Queen’s death

One Twitter user was so outraged by the post that he said: ‘(I’m) increasingly convinced they are a monarchist front.’

A cybersecurity entrepreneur couldn’t wrap his head around the choice of mascot.

‘Struggling to figure out the visual metaphor here… long live the lizard king? Don’t step on me? Aussie wildlife is bada** and sometimes it’s just fun to point it out.’

A journalist read deeper into the iconography.

“An inspired decision to make the majestic Thorny Devil the official mascot of the Republic movement,” wrote Josh Butler.

Others made cracks about ‘lizard people’. In science-fiction and radical conspiracy theories, the idea of ​​’lizard-people’ secretly possessing major world leaders is a widely used trope.

One jokester retweeted the post, saying: ‘Are they seriously suggesting we just go with another kind of reptile as our head of state?’, retweeted the post.

One Twitter user was so confused by the tweet that he suggested ARM was actually a monarchist front

One Twitter user was so confused by the tweet that he suggested ARM was actually a monarchist front

One Twitter user was so confused by the tweet that he suggested ARM was actually a monarchist front

Sandy Biar, chief executive of the Australian Republican Movement, told Daily Mail Australia that any link between the image and reptilian conspiracy theories was ‘absurd’.

“The picture obviously had nothing to do with those conspiracy theories.”

She said the move increased operations after respecting the mourning period of the late Queen and her service to the country.

But now we have a new king whom we did not choose and who has resumed his duties as king.

“Charles III is now carrying on with business as usual and it is now time that we as a nation had a serious discussion about our future and why we should be independent from the British monarchy,” Ms Biar said.

“Our head of state should be an Australian, elected by Australians and accountable to us.”

The queen was well-loved during her reign, but many pro-republican Australians have hoped the country’s attachment to the monarchy would break after her passing.

But instead of growing support for the monarchy, recent polls by Yougov and Roy Morgan in the wake of the Queen’s passing show that the majority of Australians want the country to remain under a royal head of state.