Earlier this week, nine-year-old Harper Nielsen became a topic of debate in Australia after the youngster objected to singing and standing to the nation's national anthem in school on the grounds that it ignores the country's indigenous people.
Speaking to Nine News, Nielsen said that there she objects to the words in the anthem; "Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free."
When it says Advance Australia Fair, it means advance the white people.
And when it says 'we are young' it completely disregards the indigenous Australians who were here before us for 50,000 years.
Her stance during an assembly at Kenmore State South School in Brisbane, saw her handed a detention and then criticised by former prime minister Tony Abbott who said that standing for the anthem is "good manners."
Queensland Liberal National politician Jarrod Bleijie then branded Nielsen a "brat" in a Tweet and said that she should be suspended if she did it again.
Shame on her parents for using her as a political pawn.Stop the silly protest and stand and sing proudly your Natio… https://t.co/PC1Ebzqj5X