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Historic change to Advance Australia Fair, Australia’s national anthem, in the ‘spirit of unity’


#One hundred and forty-three years after it was first composed and performed, #Advance #Australia #Fair is again being updated for what the #Prime #Minister says is in the “spirit of unity”.

#From #January 1, 2021, the second line of #Australia’s national anthem will change from, “#For we are young and free” to “#For we are one and free”.

#Governor-General #David #Hurley has agreed to the #Commonwealth’s recommendation to make an amendment to the anthem for the first time since 1984.

#Prime #Minister #Scott #Morrison said in a statement that the change was being made for all #Australians.

“#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,” he said.

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“#It is time to ensure this great unity is reflected more fully in our national anthem.

“#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.”

#From #January 1, 2021 the second line of #Australia’s #National #Anthem will change from “#For we are young and free” to “#For we are one and free”.(ABC #News: #Samantha #Jonscher)

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

#It was adopted as the country’s national anthem on #April 19, 1984, replacing #God #Save the #Queen, which had been in place since the time of #British settlement.

#Prime minister #Bob #Hawke last recommended a modification of the national anthem to the governor-general in 1984.

The historic change to #Advance #Australia #Fair has involved consultations with state premiers, state governors who have been advised by the #Governor-General as well as the #Speaker of #Federal #Parliament and the #President of the #Senate.

#In recent times, leaders from all sides of politics have expressed public support for changing the anthem to better reflect modern #Australia and its #Indigenous heritage.

#New #Australian national anthem:

#Australians all let us rejoice,

#For we are one and free;

#We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;

#Our home is girt by sea;

#Our land abounds in nature’s gifts #Of beauty rich and rare;

#In history’s page, let every stage #Advance #Australia #Fair.

#In joyful strains then let us sing, #Advance #Australia #Fair.

#Beneath our radiant #Southern #Cross #We’ll toil with hearts and hands;

#To make this #Commonwealth of ours #Renowned of all the lands;

#For those who’ve come across the seas #We’ve boundless plains to share;

#With courage let us all combine #To #Advance #Australia #Fair.

#In joyful strains then let us sing, #Advance #Australia #Fair.



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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-31/advance-australia-fair-national-anthem-historic-change/13024810

##Historic #change ##Advance ##Australia ##Fair ##Australias #national #anthem #spirit #unity

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