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Politicians attack girl who refused to stand for anthem

Postby Squire » 13 Sep 2018, 16:55

There is no legal requirement for anyone to stand for the anthem.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/09/12/australian-lawmakers-attack-year-old-girl-who-refused-stand-during-their-national-anthem/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.632619224926

Australian lawmakers attack 9-year-old girl who refused to stand during their national anthem

By Alex Horton
September 12 at 12:59 PM

Harper Nielsen has become a target of nationwide condemnation from lawmakers for sitting during the Australian national anthem.

She disrespected troops, one lawmaker said.

Her state senator, who said she was “brainwashed,” offered to give her “a kick up the backside.”

Harper is 9.

She refused to stand out of recognition of the nation's aboriginal population, she said, suggesting the country does not represent their interests in the same way it does white Australians. Harper was given detention at Kenmore South State School, and her parents said she was threatened with suspension, though school officials deny the threat.

Harper's protest is an echo of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling to protest police brutality. He originally sat during the national anthem.

"When it says 'Advance Australia Fair,' it means advance the white people,” Harper told 9 News, describing the anthem's lyrics. “And when it says 'we are young' it completely disregards the indigenous Australians who were here before us for 50,000 years.”

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.

Australia's indigenous population of 2 million is plagued with higher unemployment, compared with the general population, a lower life expectancy by a decade and higher rates of suicide, obesity and alcoholism.

Queensland Sen. Pauline Hanson, a far right nationalist politician who represents Harper's state, has long been critical of extending resources to indigenous Australians. She took to social media and expressed outrage and blamed Harper's parents.

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.

"Refusing to stand disrespects our country and our veterans. Suspension should follow if she continues to act like a brat,” he said on Twitter.

Harper's father, Mark Nielsen, on 9 News called his daughter a “very brave young person” for taking a stand.

In a statement, the Queensland Department of Education said it was inclusive and supported different points of view, but denied Harper was threatened with suspension or exclusion for her protest.

"The school has been respectful of the student’s wishes and has provided other alternatives including remaining outside the hall or not singing during the national anthem,” the department said.

Her mother, Yvette Miller, said the school's reaction was too severe, News 9 reported.

"We were surprised behavior such as a passive nonparticipation might be considered in the same realm as something like bringing a knife to school or being violent toward others,” she said.
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Re: Politicians attack girl who refused to stand for anthem

Postby johnsmith » 13 Sep 2018, 17:47

i find it hilarious that abbott dares to lecture others on good manners :grn

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Re: Politicians attack girl who refused to stand for anthem

Postby pinkeye » 13 Sep 2018, 22:49

Good on her.
That ANY pollie would barge in with comment is just pathetic.
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Re: Politicians attack girl who refused to stand for anthem

Postby pinkeye » 13 Sep 2018, 22:50

OH and this should be posted in Politics.. yeah?
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Re: Politicians attack girl who refused to stand for anthem

Postby greggerypeccary » 23 Sep 2018, 19:30

Mr Hammer now says that it's perfectly okay to attack this girl, because other children have been treated worse by the media.

What a strange little "man" he is.
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