You are here: Home » International » News » Politics
Business Standard

Australia changes word in anthem to honour Indigenous people, reflect unity

Australia has changed one word in its national anthem to reflect what the prime minister called the spirit of unity and the country's Indigenous population

Australia | Scott Morrison

AP  |  Canberra 

Australia flag
Australian flag

has changed one word in its national anthem to reflect what the prime minister called the spirit of unity and the country's Indigenous population.

Prime Minister on New Years Eve announced that the second line of the anthem, Advance Fair, has been changed from For we are young and free to For we are one and free."

The change took effect Friday.

It is time to ensure this great unity is reflected more fully in our national anthem, he said, adding that was the most successful multicultural nation on Earth."

While Australia as a modern nation may be relatively young, our countrys story is ancient, as are the stories of the many First Nations peoples whose stewardship we rightly acknowledge and respect, Morrison said.

In the spirit of unity, it is only right that we ensure our national anthem reflects this truth and shared appreciation.

Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt said in a statement that he had been asked about the change and had given it his support.

Wyatt, the first Indigenous Australian elected to the federal Parliaments lower house, said the one-word change was small in nature but significant in purpose."

It is an acknowledgement that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures date back 65,000 years, he said.

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

University of South Wales law professor Megan Davis, a Cobble Cobble woman from the Barrungam nation in southwest Queensland state, criticized the lack of consultation with Indigenous people about the change.

This is a disappointing way to end 2020 and start 2021. Everything about us, without us, she wrote on social media.

Last month, Australia's national rugby team, the Wallabies, became the first sporting team to sing the anthem in an Indigenous language before their match against Argentina.

Advance Australia Fair was composed by Peter Dodds McCormick and first performed in 1878. It was adopted as the national anthem in 1984.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, January 01 2021. 11:29 IST