Harper Nielsen: Australian schoolgirl's national anthem protest


The Division of Education has denied that a 9-year-old fundamental college pupil used to be ever threatened with suspension for refusing to face for the national anthem.Harper Nielsen, who spoke exclusively to Channel 9 on the present time, said she believed the anthem is disrespectful to indigenous Australians."I'm no longer any individual who appropriate obliges by the foundations of older folks appropriate due to they're older", Harper told 9NEWS.In her most productive television interview, Harper Nielsen told 9NEWS she believed the anthem is disrespectful to indigenous Australians.

While her parents have defended their daughter, the year four student was reportedly given detention by her school and later told that in the future she could either leave the building during the anthem or stand without singing.

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.

When she refused to do either, the school handed Harper a lunchtime detention for "blatant disrespect".

ABORIGINAL elder and author Sam Watson has hit back at critics of nine-year-old Harper Nielsen, who refuses to stand for the national anthem because she says its not inclusive of indigenous Australians. (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. This is divisive. I'm proud of the national anthem.

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

"I tell you what, I'd give her a kick up the backside".

"If it's good enough for Cathy Freeman, Jonathan Thurston, and Warren Mundine to stand for the National anthem, it should be good enough for this nine-year-old brat".

But the child was attacked by politicians, including her state senator, Pauline Hanson, the leader of the rightwing One Nation party.

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"And I have never seen a nine-year-old or anyone around that age stage a political protest with the wording of the national anthem; this is clearly her parents' doing". "Everyone should proudly sing the national anthem, but the issue is she is sitting in protest on behalf of father and mother".

On Wednesday evening, Nielsen appeared on The Project with her dad Mark to talk about her decision.

Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie is adamant he would call any child a "brat", including his own, if they refused to abide by school rules.

"I'm angry about this ..."

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

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".

Harper's father, Mark Nielsen, on 9 News called his daughter a "very fearless young person" for taking a stand.

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

Latham pointed out that the school "only exists because of colonisation".