Outrage over schoolgirl refusing to stand for anthem shows rise of aggressive nationalism

“Calls to kick her butt, expel her, send her to reducation programs along with her parents, or even remove her from her family tells us it’s Spring Time For Hitler once again. (ODT)

This week, nine-year-old Queensland school girl, Harper Nielsen, was threatened with suspension by her school for refusing to sing the Australian national anthem. The heated and at time preposterous reaction to the story adds fuel to a question that has been lingering in public debate for a while now: is Australian nationalism on the rise?

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