Student, 9, refuses to stand up for Australian national anthem

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"The nine-year-old later explained to Nine News the reason behind her action, "(But) when it says Advance Australia Fair, it means advance the white people.

Harper Nielsen, a student at Kenmore South State School in Brisbane, said that she chose to protest against the national anthem, saying it was not inclusive of indigenous Australians, News.com.au reported on Wednesday.

In her only television interview to air on Channel 9 tonight, Harper Nielsen told 9NEWS she believed the anthem is disrespectful to indigenous Australians.

Irrespective of whether she's acted disrespectfully, any attempt by a grown adult to publicly humiliate her is disgraceful, especially when so much focus has been placed on stopping the same behaviour in our schools.

A 9-year-old old student who refused to stand for the Australian national anthem has been called a "brat" by Senator Pauline Hanson. (9)"Converse colleges teach out certain requirements of behaviour that they question from their college students in their to blame behaviour thought for varsity students", a spokesperson said.

She also said that "it was time to raise awareness".

"It's about who we are as a nation, it's part of us", Hanson said in a video Wednesday.


Instead of attacking a nine-year-old's right to protest, why aren't we instead debating the national anthem itself?

A 9-year-old schoolgirl is facing suspension after she refused to stand for Australia's national anthem.

Harper said she arrived at the decision to protest herself but had discussed the issue with her parents.

After her story made headlines, Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie tweeted that Harper was a "brat" and her parents were using the Year 4 students as a "political pawn".

Harper told The Courier-Mailthe line in the national anthem, "for we are young and free", disregarded Aboriginals who had lived in Australia for tens of thousands of years and only saw Australia as a country post-colonisation.

"I'm angry about this".

"I do applaud her for considering the words of the national anthem, a lot of people just rattle it off and don't consider the meaning", she said.


Harper has the support of her "proud" dad Mark.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott also weighed in, telling Sydney radio station 2GB that Harper should "follow the rules", adding that it is "a sign of good manners and courtesy to stand for the national anthem".

In a statement, the Queensland Department of Education said it was inclusive and supported different points of view, but denied that Harper had been threatened with suspension or expulsion for her protest.

When asked why he told the media: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour".

Nevertheless, infuriated right-wing cultural warriors such as Mark Latham, are demanding the anthem be made compulsory in schools and are treating Nielsen's actions as some sort of crime that needs to be punished.

Harper's father, Mark Nielsen, on 9 News called his daughter a "very courageous young person" for taking a stand.


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