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Young student, 9, refuses to stand for the national anthem because she claims 'Advance Australia Fair means advance white Australia'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/09/2018 Sophie Tanno For Daily Mail Australia

A resolute nine-year-old girl has sparked outrage and inspiration after staging a political protest at her school.

Harper Nielsen has refused to stand to sing the Australian national anthem at her Queensland school, in an act of defiance that she believes shows solidarity with Australia's indigenous people.

The strong-minded young school pupil believes that the country's Advance Australia Fair anthem in reality means 'advance White Australia' and is not inclusive of aboriginal culture. 

a close up of a flag: Nine-year-old Harper Nielsen believes that the national anthem is not inclusive of the indigenous people of Australia © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Nine-year-old Harper Nielsen believes that the national anthem is not inclusive of the indigenous people of Australia

'The reasons why I don't sing it or stand is because Advance Australia Fair means advance White Australia,' Miss Nielsen explained to the Daily Telegraph. 

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

Kenmore South State School are at a loss of what to do as the nine-year-old continues to reject demands that she must either stand for the anthem or leave the room.

Harper was given detention last week as a result of her defiance but the punishment has not seemed to phase her. 

a close up of a street: Kenmore South State School are at a loss of what to do as Miss Nielsen continues to not play by the rules © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kenmore South State School are at a loss of what to do as Miss Nielsen continues to not play by the rules 'I just imagine what it would feel like for all of your friends to be singing the anthem if you were an indigenous person, that makes me determined to keep going,' she said.  

Her proud parents told the Daily Telegraph that they are fully behind their daughter's decision and are encouraging her to stand up for what she believes in. 

Father Mark Nielsen has described his daughter as 'amazing'.   

'She's amazing, she's an incredibly brave kid and to have such resolve and... [take] a stand for what she believes in, we're very proud of who she is as a person,' he said. 

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