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Australian Politicians Slam 9-Year-Old For Protesting National Anthem

Australian Politicians Slam 9-Year-Old For Protesting National Anthem

"When it says "Advance Australia Fair, ' it means advance the white people", Harper told 9 News, describing the anthem's lyrics".

Year 4 student Harper Nielsen, 9, has also refused to sign a written apology and now faces suspension from Kenmore South State School.

Harper said she had chosen to take a public stand on the issue at her school "because I feel that this is the right thing to do and it will help raise awareness for the issue".

After Harper's actions were disciplined with detention, her protest made a splash on talk radio - where one radio host urged her school to "kick her out" - and eventually received the notice and condemnation of politician Pauline Hanson, News.com.au said.

Australian politicians have attacked a nine-year-old girl and called her a brat for refusing to stand during the country's national anthem to protest treatment of the nation's Indigenous population, CNN reported on Wednesday. (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 disrespected the troops, one lawmaker said. "Here we have a kid who's been brainwashed and I'll tell you what, I'd give her a kick up the backside", she said in a video posted to social media on Wednesday.

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

Using her astonishingly verbose vocabulary for a nine-year-old, Harper told Channel Nine that "it's basically institutionalised racism".

Controversial right-wing senator Pauline Hanson called for Harper to be "taken out" of school.

"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", he said.

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"I'm angry about this ..."

"When it says we are young it completely ignores the fact that indigenous culture was here for over 50,000 thousand years before colonisation".

Jarrod Bleijie, a shadow education minister and member of the Queensland Parliament, accused Harper's parents of using their daughter as a "political pawn" and urged her to stop the protest.

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

"If it's good enough for Cathy Freeman, [Rugby League player] Johnathan Thurston, and [Aboriginal leader and former Australian Labor Party National President] Warren Mundine to stand for the National anthem, it should be good enough for this nine-year- old brat".

Harper's father Mark Nielsen said they had met with the school's principal but they remained at loggerheads.

The department denied claims Nielsen is facing suspension of exclusion due to her stance.

A Department of Education spokeswoman told the Courier Mail that Kenmore South State School had been respectful of the student's wishes and has provided other alternatives to singing the national anthem.

"State schools set out clear standards of behaviour that they expect from their students in their Reasonable Behaviour Plan for Students".


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