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The Australian national anthem has officially been changed

NINE NEWS AUSTRALIA
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The Australian national anthem has been tweaked.

The second line of the anthem has been changed from “for we are young and free” to “for we are one and free”.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 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.

“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.”

The Governor General has approved the change.

Advance Australia Fair has been Australia’s national anthem since 1984.

The Honorable Peter Hickey QC is the founder and chair of the Recognition in Anthem Project and spoke to 6PR’s Gary Adshead this morning.

He says the change is a wonderful start but the anthem still needs more work, and has written two other verses.

“Verse two as I’ve written it, talks about our indigenous culture and our indigenous history in more detail,” he said.

“Verse three talks about our values.

“These additional verses are conversations for the future.”

Click play to hear the full interview. 

Indigenous leader and Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, believes the change is a big step forward.

“The Prime Minister was right, it’s about unifying the country,” he said.

Click play to hear the full interview. 

NINE NEWS AUSTRALIA
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