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National anthem protest: 9yo refuses to stand because anthem is for ‘white people of Australia’

Teachers at a Brisbane primary school have disciplined a nine-year-old girl for refusing to stand for the national anthem during assembly.

  • By Talissa Siganto and staff
  • ABC

Primary school student Harper Nielsen was given a lunch time detention on Friday for peacefully protesting against the song she said is “wrong”.

Ceg 5e“When it says ‘we are young’ it completely disregards the Indigenous Australians who were here before us for over 50,000 years,” she said.

“When it was originally written, Advance Australia Fair meant advance the white people of Australia.”

Harper told ABC…

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