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New national anthem wording from January 1, 2021 after Governor-General agrees to Advance Australia Fair lyric change


#From the first day of 2021, the words “for we are young and free” in the #Australian national anthem will be replaced by “for we are one and free”.

#Prime #Minister #Scott #Morrison said tonight that the #Government’s recommended change to #Advance #Australia #Fair had been approved by the #Governor-General #David #Hurley.

The new anthem will take effect from #January 1, 2021.

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“#During the past year we have showed once again the indomitable spirit of #Australians and the united effort that has always enabled us to prevail as a nation. #It is time to ensure this great unity is reflected more fully in our national anthem,” #Mr #Morrison said in a statement.

“#Also, while #Australia as a modern nation may be relatively young, our country’s story is ancient, as are the stories of the many #First #Nations peoples whose stewardship we rightly acknowledge and respect.

“#In the spirit of unity, it is only right that we ensure our #National #Anthem reflects this truth and shared appreciation.

“#Changing ‘young and free’ to ‘one and free’ takes nothing away, but I believe it adds much.

#Prime #Minister #Scott #Morrison. (#Alex #Ellinghausen)

“#It recognises the distance we have travelled as a nation. #It recognises that our national story is drawn from more than 300 national ancestries and language groups and we are the most successful multicultural nation on earth. #It reaffirms our resolve as one of the world’s oldest democracies, while honouring the foundations upon which our nation has been built and the aspirations we share for the future.”

#Mr #Morrison said 2020 had “highlighted the strength of all #Australians in staying together and supporting each other”.

“#We are making our own #Australian way through this crisis, a way guided by our enduring principles and values and together, we have done so better than almost any other country in the world. #Our unity has been critical to this achievement.

“#One and free” is and must be the story of every #Australian and it’s the way we truly #Advance #Australia #Fair.”

#Advance #Australia #Fair was composed by #Peter #Dodds #McCormick and first performed in 1878.

#Prime #Minister #Bob #Hawke last recommended a modification of the #National #Anthem to the #Governor-General in 1984.



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#national #anthem #wording ##January ##GovernorGeneral #agrees ##Advance ##Australia ##Fair #lyric #change

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