PROUD PARENTS: Mark Nielsen and Yvette Miller with their daughter Harper, 9, who refuses to sing the national anthem. Picture: Annette Dew
PROUD PARENTS: Mark Nielsen and Yvette Miller with their daughter Harper, 9, who refuses to sing the national anthem. Picture: Annette Dew

Primary student punished for boycotting national anthem

A NINE-year-old girl has been threatened with suspension and given detention because she refuses to stand for the national anthem.

Harper Nielsen and her parents have been at loggerheads with Kenmore South State School after it demanded the Year 4 student stand or leave the building - and her refusal to do either resulted in detention and an attempt to force her to sign a written apology or risk suspension.

She has vowed to continue her peaceful protest against Advance Australia Fair, which she said was not inclusive of indigenous Australians.

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

"When it says we are young it completely ignores the fact that indigenous culture was here for over 50,000 thousand years before colonisation."

Read the full story at the Courier Mail

Harper Nielsen: “The reason why I don’t sing it or stand is because –  means advance White Australia”. Picture: Annette Dew
Harper Nielsen: “The reason why I don’t sing it or stand is because – means advance White Australia”. Picture: Annette Dew

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