Australian National Anthem

Ever since those young girls protested our national anthem by refusing to stand at school assemblies, I’ve been meaning to contact them and suggest they start a movement to change the national anthem to these lyrics written by Judith Durham (The Seekers). Anyone reading them couldn’t help but agree they are more meaningful and inclusive of all Australians. Surely even Pauline Hansen couldn’t mount an argument. Why wait for a government to make the change. Some things we as a people can change for ourselves. The lyrics should be distributed far and wide, learnt and then sung by us whenever the national anthem is played. In time, governments might discover that the people are singing a national anthem that they believe in. I’ve been posting the lyrics as part of my signature on emails for the last 5 years.

Australia, celebrate as one, with peace and harmony.
Our precious water, soil and sun, grant life for you and me.
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts to love, respect and share,
And honouring the Dreaming, advance Australia fair.
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair.

Australia, let us stand as one, upon this sacred land.
A new day dawns, we’re moving on to trust and understand.
Combine our ancient history and cultures everywhere,
To bond together for all time, advance Australia fair.
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair.

Australia, let us strive as one, to work with willing hands.
Our Southern Cross will guide us on, as friends with other lands.
While we embrace tomorrow’s world with courage, truth and care,
And all our actions prove the words, advance Australia fair,
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair.

And when this special land of ours is in our children’s care,
From shore to shore forever more, advance Australia fair.
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance … Australia … fair.

 

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