Rightwing Australian politicians criticise girl, 9, in row over anthem

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Harper Nielsen refused to stand up during rendition to show support for indigenous peoples

A nine-year-old Australian schoolgirl has been targeted for condemnation by prominent rightwing politicians after she refused to stand during a rendition of the national anthem, arguing that it airbrushes indigenous peoples from the country’s history.

Harper Nielsen’s parents said they were proud of her for the protest, which earned her a detention – and reportedly the threat of suspension from school.

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