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Pauline Hanson calls girl 'brat' who doesn't stand for national anthem

14 September 2018

Nine-year-old Harper Nielson claimed on The Project that "Advance Australia Fair" was originally written to mean advancing white Australia.

"We were all proud of her, her cultural background, the Aboriginality, and the whole fact that she carried the two flags".

"Her parents are obviously supporting her and I think that's the big problem here, her parents are supporting her in a way that I don't think is appropriate", Stefanovic 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".

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

He threw his full support behind the Kenmore South State School, who demanded Harper stand or leave the building.

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

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday insisted it was a matter for the school, the student and her parents to solve. 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", the 9-year-old student continued.

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

Harper Nielsen, a student at Kenmore South State School in Brisbane, said that she made a decision to protest against the national anthem, saying it was not inclusive of indigenous Australians, News.com.au reported on Wednesday. "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.

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

The incident and remarks drew criticism from politicians, including former prime minister Tony Abbott, who suggested it signals "good manners" to stand while the anthem plays.

After her story made headlines, Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie tweeted that Harper was a "brat" and her parents were using the Year 4 students as a "political pawn".

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'Stop the silly protest and stand and sing proudly your National Anthem.

She refused to do either, and therefore she was handed a lunchtime detention for "blatant disrespect".

Mark added that he was "really proud of her for wanting to follow through on her beliefs".

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.

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".

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

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Pauline Hanson calls girl 'brat' who doesn't stand for national anthem