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Student refuses to stand for the National Anthem

Student refuses to stand for the National Anthem

By ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTOR

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Agreeing with Pauline Hanson doesn't come easily to me, but I have to say I stand with her on this one. She suggests that that the 9-year-old Kenmore South State School student who is refusing to stand for the National Anthem should be kicked out of school and kicked up the backside. Ok, maybe a bit too harsh, but certainly the girl should be penalised for her ridiculous stance.

The young child and I mean child's refusal for standing for the anthem is because she believes the lyrics "we are young" marginalises Indigenous people. "The reason why I don't sing it or stand is because Advance Australia Fair means advance White Australia," she told The Courier-Mail.
"When it says we are young it completely ignores the fact that indigenous culture was here for over 50,000 years before colonisation."

Ok. Sorry, you're nine years old. I'm starting to think that these words are coming directly from your parents or someone else of influence because let me assure you, most 9-year-old children don't rationalise things that way.

Her dad, Mark is as proud as punch: "She's shown incredible bravery in wanting to stick to what she believes in and to make a stance for what she believes is right", he told ABC radio on Wednesday. Just one question Mark. Is it what she believes is right or is it what you believe is right?'

I say, be proud of your national anthem. A lot of good men and women have fought, bled and died for your right to hear it.

If you want to take a political stance on something, do it on your own time, with your own agenda, focusing on what you really believe in. Not the regurgitation of words or thoughts you may have heard at home. And by the way, you're 9. You're a child. Go out and have some fun. Embrace the outdoors, climb trees, play with your mates, run through the sprinkler. You have a lifetime ahead of you to make political statements. And when you do, make sure they are for the right reasons and the ones you truly believe in.

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