Image copyright AFP Image caption An Australian schoolgirl claims the national anthem disregards the country’s indigenous people A nine-year-old girl has stirred controversy after refusing to stand for Australia’s national anthem in protest at alleged institutional racism.Harper Nielsen claimed the song “Advance Australia Fair” ignored the nation’s indigenous people.”When it says ‘we are young’ it…
A nine-year-old girl has stirred controversy after refusing to stand for Australia’s national anthem in protest at alleged institutional racism.
Harper Nielsen claimed the song “Advance Australia Fair” ignored the nation’s indigenous people.
“When it says ‘we are young’ it completely disregards the Indigenous Australians who were here before us,” she told ABC news Australia.
Australian politician Pauline Hanson later labelled Harper a “brat”.
The schoolgirl was given detention last week for “blatant disrespect” over her failure to participate with classmates during a rendition of the song at Kenmore South State School in Brisbane.
Harper, whose parents said they were “proud” of her for showing “incredible bravery”, said she felt it was time to “raise awareness and get people thinking”.
“When it was originally written, Advance Australia Fair meant advance the white people of Australia,” she said in an interview with ABC.
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