Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Aussie schoolgirl protests against national anthem, Latest World News

Aussie schoolgirl protests against national anthem, Latest World News

"When it says Advance Australia Fair, it means advance the white people", the Year Four student told 9NEWS.

This kid is headed down the wrong path...take her out of the school.

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

"Her parents should be congratulated for raising a brilliant, thinking young student who won't be forced to do something that is against her deeply held beliefs", he said.

She has vowed to continue her peaceful protest against Advance Australia Fair, and despite gaining national attention the youngster said she had "no regrets".

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

The Courier-Mail newspaper broke the story about Harper and how the school told her she had to stand or leave the building.

"We're talking about a child who has no idea about history -what we should do and what we need to do to pull everyone together, regardless of their cultural backgrounds - we are all Australians", she said.

There were reports the school had threatened her with suspension and her mother, Yvette Miller, said: "We were surprised behaviour such as a passive non-participation might be considered in the same realm as something like bringing a knife to school or being violent towards others". Hanson said. "I'm offended about this..."

"And when it says "we are young" it completely disregards the Indigenous Australians who were here before us for 50,000 years".

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However, in a video posted on Facebook, Senator Pauline Hanson rejected the nine-year-old's views, saying "here we have a kid being brainwashed".

"I'm proud of the national anthem".

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson labelled Harper a "brat", while Queensland's shadow minister for education Jarrod Bleijie criticised Harper's parents and called their daughter's actions a "silly protest". "And I'll tell you what, I'd give her a kick up the backside".

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

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".

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".

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.

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

"The school only exists because of colonisation, what sort of fools are these?"

The Queensland Department of Education also said in a statement obtained by the local station that they had never suggested that Nielsen should be taken out of school for refusing to stand for the national anthem.

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