Ebene News – UA – Change of the national anthem “ in the spirit of unity ”

A word has been changed in the Australian national anthem to reflect what the Prime Minister calls “the spirit of unity”

Scott Morrison at the end of New Years Eve announced that Advance Australia Fair’s second line had changed from “For we are young and free” to “For we are one and free”

“Over the past year we have once again shown the indomitable spirit of Australians and the united effort that has always enabled us to triumph as a nation,” said Mr. Morrison in a press release

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

“Although Australia as a modern nation is relatively young, our country’s history is ancient, as are the stories of the many First Nations peoples whose management we rightly recognize and respect,” said declared M Morrison

“In the spirit of unity, it is right that we make sure our national anthem reflects this truth and shared appreciation”

However, Megan Davis, a law professor at UNSW, a Cobble Cobble woman from the Barrungam Nation in southwest Queensland, lamented the lack of consultation with indigenous peoples

“It’s a disappointing way to end 2020 and start 2021 All About Us, Without Us”

The change comes less than two months after New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian expressed empathy for Indigenous Australians who said the national anthem does not reflect them and their history

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The change also follows the Wallabies becoming the first sports team to sing the anthem in an indigenous language ahead of their rugby test against Argentina earlier in December

Olivia Fox’s moving rendition in Eora language at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney, supported by the 23 Wallabies, won hearts across the country

It was adopted as the national anthem in 1984 on the recommendation of then-Prime Minister Bob Hawke

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Ebene News – UA – National Anthem Change “in the spirit of unity”

Source: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7072086/national-anthem-tweak-in-spirit-of-unity/?cs=14231