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

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

"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 and I also applaud her strength of character to stand up for what she believes in", Today show host Georgie Gardner said yesterday morning.

Shock jock Alan Jones and controversial commentator Mark Latham said Harper was "defying the school".

While media reports say the state school was considering suspending her, the outcry in support of her appears to have made them reconsider the decision.

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

"Harper started questioning what was in the anthem, and we started talking with her about it".

Teachers at a Brisbane primary school have disciplined a nine-year-old girl for refusing to stand for the national anthem during assembly.

Prominent politicians have attacked Nielsen and have asked the school to kick her out.

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 would have thought he would know better than using a nine-year-old to get his political views across", Mr Bleijie said.

She added: "I just imagine what it would feel like for all of your friends to be singing the anthem if you were an indigenous person, that makes me determined to keep going". 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".




Harper Nielsen, who lives in the state of Queensland, told CNN-affiliate Nine News she sat during the her country's national anthem because she believed it was disrespectful to Indigenous Australians.

Australia's One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson and her party have often been accused of racism and Islamophobia.

Queensland Liberal National politician Jarrod Bleijie echoed Hanson's sentiments.

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

Though schools were expected to sing it, it was never compulsory, and even the federal government's own protocols do not say it is mandatory to stand for the anthem.

Harper Nielsen was given detention for not joining classmates in a rendition of "Advance Australia Fair", a song she says ignores the nation's indigenous people.

"I was really impressed and really proud of her for wanting to follow through on her beliefs."

But Nielsen's father, Mark Nielsen, said his daughter was "very brave" for her protest.

"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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