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Change to the National Anthem

tigertim

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The topic of changing the NA has arisen again but this time it’s to change just one word: “young“ to “one”

So we are ONE and free.

IMO if something as insignificant as changing a word aids the indig then by all means change it.

I find the notion of national anthems a bit anachronistic personally. I don’t disrespect our NA but I don’t put a lot of value on it either.

Its just a song.
 
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eZyT

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agree 100%.

Ditching 'young' is a no brainer.

I'd like them to replace 'Girt by' with 'choccas with' as well

my mother-in-law wouldnt even try 'girt' on in scrabble.
 
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The Big Richo

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IMO if something as insignificant as changing a word aids the indig then by all means change it.

Couldn't agree more. I spent most of my life never really knowing an Aboriginal person and over the last decade I've been lucky enough to get to know quite a few, and gain an understanding of their culture and perspective of the world.

I'm now firmly of the view that we should make any gesture we can reasonably make towards further reconciliation. Changing a word in the anthem, the date of Australia Day, or even the flag makes essentially no difference to the life of anyone in a practical sense but could make a huge difference to how Aboriginal people feel about their status in Australia.
 
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tigerman

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Mar 17, 2003
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Have never been overly enamoured with Advance Australia Fair. I'd be ok if they changed our National Anthem to Paul Kelly's - From Little Things Big Things Grow.
 
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artball

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i'd like to replace the entire National Anthem.
with something better.
and that wouldn't be hard.
 
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Baloo

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i'd like to replace the entire National Anthem.
with something better.
and that wouldn't be hard.
Need to time that push carefully. Howard or Abbott as PM and we would end up with God Save The Queen again.
 

DavidSSS

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It's a dirge, like most National Anthems.

Dump it, for anything really.

Something written by an indigenous Australian would be good, plus, not a dirge!

DS
 
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The anthem doesn't say much. It's broad and non-specific and meanders around themes of things looking nice and having the potential to be turned into a few quid for the diligent.
Except for the word 'young'. Which is cold-hearted and just not fun to sing.
If we change it to 'one' it'll be a genuine piece of lyrical muzak, which is fine by me as I think it reflects a healthy ambivalence to nationalistic palaver. We might get a few bitter types singing 'young' at full voice to make a point, of course.
 
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antman

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Nov 25, 2004
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The topic of changing the NA has arisen again but this time it’s to change just one word: “young“ to “one”

So we are ONE and free.

IMO if something as insignificant as changing a word aids the indig then by all means change it.

I find the notion of national anthems a bit anachronistic personally. I don’t disrespect our NA but I don’t put a lot of value on it either.

Its just a song.

Yeah, don't see the point that much. I will say our anthem is one of the most lacklustre, turgid dirges ever foisted on an unsuspecting citizenry in world history.
 
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tigertim

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All NA’s are dirges so We need something with a bit more oomph and is truly quintessential Australian:

 
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DjJazzyPete

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Another debate is the Flag .. when I lived in Australia I was opposed to changing the Aussie flag . But now I live overseas and in a tourist area . I find when most ppl see our flag they think its an English flag . From locals to european tourist all see it as a UK or an English flag .
 
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Midsy

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I can‘t find the words ‘young‘ or ‘one’ in Khe Sanh...
 
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22nd Man

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Another debate is the Flag .. when I lived in Australia I was opposed to changing the Aussie flag . But now I live overseas and in a tourist area . I find when most ppl see our flag they think its an English flag . From locals to european tourist all see it as a UK or an English flag .
And NZ is a virtual copy. Did we go to the same Ad agency and get a discount?

(Looking at Wikipedia seems the kiwis had theirs decades before ours which only came at Federation. NZ always one entity ( after it broke away from NSW ) while we were 6 distinct colonies until 1901 each with own flag. )
 
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