'Kick up the backside': schoolgirl slammed over anthem protest

Harper Nielsen refused to stand for the anthem

Harper Nielsen refused to stand for the 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 this morning.

In her only television interview to air on Channel 9 tonight, Harper Nielsen told 9NEWS she believed the anthem is disrespectful to indigenous Australians.

But when she refused to do either, she was handed a lunchtime detention for "blatant disrespect".

CNN reported on Wednesday that Hanson called for Harper Nielsen, a young girl who refused to stand during her country's national anthem out of respect for the country's indigenous population, to be kicked out of school in a video statement shared to Twitter. This is divisive. I'm proud of the national anthem. 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".

"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.

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

Controversial right-wing senator Pauline Hanson said Australian schools were "brainwashing" children and called for Nielsen to be "taken out" of her school.

"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".

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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.

Mr Bleijie told the Daily he sees the national anthem as something which unites all Australians.

"When it says 'we are young, ' it completely disregards the Indigenous Australians who were here before us for over 50,000 years", she said.

"I'm angry about this".

Jarrod Bleijie, a shadow education minister and member of the Queensland Parliament, accused Harper's parents of using their daughter as a "political pawn" and urged her to stop the protest.

Mark Nielsen, Harper's father, told Nine News his daughter was "very courageous", adding he had met with the school's principal but no agreement had been reached. "Suspension should follow if she continues to act like a brat", he tweeted.

"At no time did the school suggest that the student would be suspended or excluded for refusing to take part in the national anthem", a department spokesperson said in a statement.

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

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