Aussie Schoolgirl Refuses To Stand For National Anthem

Pauline Hanson Takes Time Out Of Busy Day To Say She’d Kick A Nine-Year-Old

Harper Nielsen, 9, was sent to detention for refusing to stand for the Australian national anthem during school.

A nine-year-old schoolgirl sparked intense debate in Australia on Wednesday after refusing to stand for the national anthem to protest alleged institutional racism.

"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.

"She stood at the podium with the national anthem being played".

The girl's protest, which echoed those of American football players who have knelt at games during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner", made headlines in the same week that a national newspaper printed a cartoon depicting tennis player Serena Williams with exaggerated lips.

Nielsen too is a hero and, thankfully, she has many people speaking out in her defence.

"I don't think we need MPs out there having their views such as that on Twitter", Ms Palaszczuk said.

I know the words of the anthem, and even though I'm no longer a Jehovah's Witness (I was never baptised), I still don't sing it, simply because I learned things differently to everyone else growing up.

However, her parents supported their daughter's decision and said they were "proud" of her "incredible bravery".

"And, when it says "we are young", it completely disregards the indigenous Australians who were here before us for 50,000 years", she told 9NEWS.

The Australian national flag is raised during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 4, 2018. "They might feel left out".

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Her father, Mark Nielsen, said that a family conversation this year about the treatment of Indigenous Australians first got Harper, a fourth-grader at Kenmore South State School in Brisbane, thinking about the anthem.

Controversial right-wing senator Pauline Hanson labelled Harper a brat.

Others, such as Australian journalist and television host Georgie Gardner, praised Harper for her "strength and character".

"Shame on her parents for using her as a political pawn".

"What the hell is going on?"

Pauline Hanson issued a video statement yesterday saying she would give the girl a "good kick" for her protest. We're talking about a child who has no idea.

"Here we have a kid that has been brainwashed and I tell you what, I would give her a kick up the backside. Calling her a brat without having actually met her seems a little weak-minded but again, I defend their right to be free to say what they feel", he said.

She told ABC Brisbane that the school punished her for expressing her beliefs.

Moving forward, school officials are now giving Harper two options, the BBC reported Tuesday, citing Queensland state education officials: Either she stands in the hallway outside the classroom during the singing of the anthem, or she can decline to sing the song but stand out of respect.

"The school has been respectful of the student's wishes and has provided other alternatives to singing the national anthem", the spokesperson said.

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