Advance Australia Fair: Pauline Hanson attacks schoolgirl's anthem protest

Advance Australia Fair: Pauline Hanson attacks schoolgirl's anthem protest

"The reason why I don't sing it or stand is because Advance Australia Fair means advance White Australia", she told The Courier-Mail.

'This kid is headed down the wrong path and I blame the parents for it, for encouraging this.

Pauline Hanson, who made a name for herself espousing extreme anti-immigration and anti-refugee views, was slammed on Twitter over her comments on Harper's protest.

The Australian schoolgirl who refused to stand during the singing of the national anthem at assembly out of respect for the Indigenous population is receiving worldwide applause and global media attention.

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

Asked how she felt about the option given to her by the school to leave the room when the anthem was played, Harper said "I don't think I should be made to leave the room or do something different because I have different beliefs".

The nine-year-old pupil said she believes the lyrics "we are young" marginalises indigenous people.

"She's just asking for her opinion to be heard and for her feelings to be acknowledged, and for her to have an opportunity to take a stand on something she believes very strongly about". That makes me determined to keep going, ' she said.

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.

Her actions have sparked a contentious debate overnight, with many online praising the nine-year-old for standing up for her beliefs.

More news: PIX: Hurricane Florence From Space
More news: EPL: Arsenal provides latest injury updates ahead of Newcastle clash
More news: Apple's cheaper iPhone XR rocks bright colours

"I'm proud of the national anthem".

Harper Nielsen's parents said they were proud of her for the protest, which earned her a detention - and reportedly the threat of suspension from school. She attacked the nine-year-old's parents, saying: "I tell you what, I'd give her a kick up the backside".

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

"I'm angry about this ..."

"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".

Queensland Liberal National politician Jarrod Bleijie, the state's shadow minister for Education, shared similar thoughts.

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.

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

Harper's father Mark Nielsen, who is an associate professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, told ABC Radio his daughter had shown "incredible bravery".

"We were surprised behavior such as a passive nonparticipation might be considered in the same realm as something like bringing a knife to school or being violent toward others", Miller said.

Related Articles

  • Alan Wake TV Series Put Into Development With Peter Calloway, Sam Lake

    Alan Wake TV Series Put Into Development With Peter Calloway, Sam Lake

    Joining those ranks will be the critically acclaimed horror series Alan Wake . Despite positive reviews, Alan Wake has never received a true sequel.
    Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics 98-82 for WNBA title

    Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics 98-82 for WNBA title

    Unfortunately for the home team, Seattle immediately responded with an 8-0 run and coasted the rest of the way. She was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four in all four of her college years. "And so we will".
    Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To Sharks For Six Assets

    Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To Sharks For Six Assets

    I've also heard that it's hard to rebuild without a first-round pick - a key piece the Senators still lack for the 2019 NHL Draft. The 22-year old Perron was drafted 190th overall in the seventh round of the 2014 draft by the Senators.
  • Blasts near girls' schools in Afghanistan kill teen

    Blasts near girls' schools in Afghanistan kill teen

    AFP said an explosion near a school in Jalalabad , the capital of the province, killed a boy and left four adults injured. Relatives and family members of Tuesday's victims have continued blocking the highway, according to local witnesses.
    Major U.S. trade groups link up in anti-tariff coalition

    Major U.S. trade groups link up in anti-tariff coalition

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has extended an invitation to talks to his counterparts in Beijing. China has threatened retaliation, which could include action against US companies operating there.
    US identifies two sets of Korean War remains: James Mattis

    US identifies two sets of Korean War remains: James Mattis

    The US military estimates that more than 7,000 US troops who lost their lives during the Korean War remain unaccounted for. The remains identified came from box 14 and box 16 of the 55 boxes, DPAA officials told the military paper.
  • Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli ruled out of Spurs clash with Liverpool

    Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli ruled out of Spurs clash with Liverpool

    He has also won more than 100 global caps and lifted the World Cup during the summer, after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final. A team spokesman said before the sentencing that Tottenham were treating the entire matter "extremely seriously".
    France captain Lloris banned from driving for 20 months

    France captain Lloris banned from driving for 20 months

    We can all make a mistake. "Of course we had a conversation and he explained all that happened", said Pochettino. Only we need to try, how he understands that it was a mistake.
    Brickyard 400 postponed to Monday

    Brickyard 400 postponed to Monday

    In the NASCAR Cup Series, the race serves as the final event before the playoffs start September 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Practice runs and qualifying were canceled because of the rain while the NASCAR Xfinity Series race was also moved to Monday.
  • Apple Watch Series 4 arrives in 40mm and 44mm models

    Apple Watch Series 4 arrives in 40mm and 44mm models

    Based on some limited hands-on time, both the Xs and Xs Max run at least slightly quicker than the iPhone X I brought with me. But it's still too early to assess the impact of the most significant addition to the new devices - eSIM technology.
    Nintendo Switch Online launches on September 18th with 7-day free trial

    Nintendo Switch Online launches on September 18th with 7-day free trial

    Individual membership is separated into three tiers: $3.99 for one month; $7.99 for three months and $19.99 for 12 months. For $59.99, you get a pair with rechargable batteries that can attach to your Nintendo Switch to charge when not in use.
    IPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR Geekbench Scores Blow Away the Competition

    IPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR Geekbench Scores Blow Away the Competition

    The latest version of the Apple Watch will add features that allow it to take high-quality heart readings and detect falls. The price for the iPhone XS starts at $999 for the 64 GB model and goes up from there for 256 GB and 512 GB.