An indignant Pauline Hanson has called a nine-year-old schoolgirl a "brat" for refusing to represent the national anthem
Pauline Hanson, outraged, has called a nine-year-old girl "schoolgirl" for refusing to represent the national anthem.
Harper Nielsen sparked outrage and inspiration when he refused to show up when the Australia Advanced Fair was played in an assembly at his Queensland school.
The firm-minded student was arrested and threatened with suspension for the act that she believed showed solidarity with the indigenous peoples of Australia.
But the stance infuriated Senator Hanson, who posted a video on Facebook on Wednesday calling for Harper's expulsion from school.
"Here we have a kid who's been brainwashed and I'll tell him one thing, kick him in the back," said the One Nation leader.
& # 39; This child is headed the wrong way and I blame the parents for it, for encouraging this.
No. Take her out of school.
Nine year old Harper Nielsen believes that the national anthem does not include the indigenous peoples of Australia
Senator Hanson said there was support for the anthem among the indigenous community, since the sports stars represented the anthem.
"I'm angry about this, I'm proud of the Australian flag and the national anthem as everyone should be, and also Cathy Freeman," he said.
"We were all proud of her, her cultural background, the aboriginality and the fact that she carried the two flags.
"She was on the podium with the national anthem ringing … Did they say that to this guy?
"If it's good enough for Cathy Freeman, Johnathon Thurston and Warren Mundine to represent the national anthem, it should be good enough for this nine-year-old boy."
Shadow education minister Jarrod Bleijie echoed Senator Hanson's words, saying that Harper deserved suspension if he continued his protest.
"Stop the stupid protest and stand up and sing with pride your National Anthem … Refuse to support the disrespect of our country and our veterans … The suspension should continue if she continues to act like a brat," he tweeted.
The nine-year-old student said she believes that the lyrics "we are young" marginalizes indigenous peoples.
"The reason why I do not sing or stop is because Advance Australia Fair means advancing White Australia," he told The Courier-Mail.
"When he says that we are young, he completely ignores the fact that the indigenous culture was here for more than 50,000 years before colonization."
Harper has the support of his "proud" father Mark.
"She has shown incredible courage in wanting to stay true to what she believes in and take a stand for what she believes is right," she told ABC radio on Wednesday.
Kenmore South State School does not know what to do since Miss Nielsen still does not comply with the rules
Kenmore South State School does not know what to do since the nine-year-old girl continues to reject demands that she either defend the anthem or leave the room.
Harper was arrested last week as a result of her defiance, but the punishment did not seem to stop her.
I imagine what it would feel like if all your friends sang the hymn if it was an indigenous person. That makes me determined to continue, "he said.