Aussie schoolgirl protests against national anthem, Latest World News

A nine-year-old schoolgirl in Australia refused to stand for the national anthem to protest alleged institutional racism. File

In a later interview with the Courier-Mail, Hanson said that "If it's good enough for [prominent Indigenous Australians] Cathy Freeman, Johnathon Thurston, and Warren Mundine to stand for the National anthem, it should be good enough for this nine-year-old brat".

Harper Nielsen, a student at Kenmore South State School in Brisbane, chose to protest against Advance Australia Fair, saying it was not inclusive of indigenous Australians.

The schoolgirl was given detention last week for "blatant disrespect" over her failure to participate with classmates during a rendition of the song at Kenmore South State School in Brisbane.

Harper Nielsen is a nine-year-old Brisbane school girl who has sparked a national debate over the Australian national anthem 'Advance Australia Fair'. (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.

"I'm proud of the national anthem". That makes me determined to keep going, ' she said. This kid is headed down the inappropriate course...select her out of the college."I present you what, I'd give her a kick up the backside."Alternatively, psychologist Susan De Campo told A Most up-to-date Affair the topic had been "blown out of share".The college has offered Harper the amount of leaving the college corridor while the anthem is being carried out".

"It's about who we are as a nation, it's part of us".

Her parents insisted they had no influence over their daughter's actions, however a number of politicians weren't convinced.

Controversial commentator Mark Latham spoke to 4BC about the matter, saying Harper's silent protest was a "behavioural problem" and she should be kicked out of school, while others blamed her parents for raising a disobedient child.

Nielsen said the school expressed desire to discuss the issue, but it wouldn't budge to allow Harper to continue her peaceful protest.


"When it says "we are young" it completely disregards the Indigenous Australians who were here before us".

Her father, Mark Nielson, said Harper's decision came after she started questioning what was in the anthem and the family had a "series of conversations" about what it meant.

"I'm angry about this".

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the girl should "follow the rules" and that, "it's just a sign of good manners and courtesy to stand for the national anthem".

In Queensland, shadow education minister Jarrod Bleijie had the same name for Harper, accusing her parents of using her as a "political pawn".

Australian Sen. Pauline Hanson posted a video in which she criticized Harper.

In a statement, the Queensland Department of Education said the school had never suggested Nielsen would be expelled or suspended for refusing to stand during the anthem.

"We were surprised behavior such as a passive nonparticipation might be considered in the same realm as something like bringing a knife to school or being violent toward others", Miller said.

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