Australian Politics, Mark II


#2503

Less banjo, more orchestral


#2504

sicko


#2505

Down Under


#2506

Extending my care factor a little, but do we know what this one kid’s objection was?


#2507

Yeah, except we all sing the “Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree” bit instead of the flute solo.


#2508

Harper Nielsen, a student at Kenmore South State School in Brisbane, decided to protest against Advance Australia Fair, saying it was not inclusive of indigenous Australians.

Harper told The Courier-Mail the line in the national anthem, “for we are young and free”, disregarded Aboriginals who had lived in Australia for tens of thousands of years and only saw Australia as a country post-colonisation.


#2509

Ah.
Good on him.
I think it’s not much of a point as the anthem doesn’t actually specify any heritage at all, but it’s good to be passionate about things.

Edit: Or her. I guess Harper could also be a girls name.


#2510

Her, not him, it is a girl (and yes she identifies as a girl).


#2511

Is that cut and paste? indigenous with a small ‘I’ and ‘Aboriginals’…?


#2512

Cannot recall who sang it, might have been Jimmy Barnes, but Advance Australia Fair to the music of Working Class Man was the winner for me.


#2513

Adam Hills.

Edit: Which raises a good point. The anthem doesn’t acknowledge the parapalegic either. For shame.


#2514

Yes it does. It’s lame.


#2515

I’m going make a great big enormous leap towards a couple of conclusions here.

  1. I have my doubts that a nine year old could analyse the language and draw their own interpretation like that. 'Specially at a state school.
  2. The correlation between righteously progressive parents who enjoy publicly making bold statements, and kids named Harper ought to be pretty high.

I’m probably wrong. But that’s where I landed.


#2516

lol


#2517

I think you’ve made an exceedingly good point.


#2518

Yeah why isn’t this kid addicted to fortnight like all the other kids.


#2519

Me too.
Then we would march from the quadrangle to our classroom.


#2520

I went to school with a kid called Harper and his parents were smack addicts

Though I did grow up in Dandenong, most kids parents were smack addicts

Moving on.


#2521

Yeah HScum


#2522

I apologise for being Harperist?