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Australia changes word in anthem to honor Indigenous people

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Not "to honor", rather "to placate".

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To be commended, Australia is certainly not a 'young' country.

Better than New Zealand too, whose national anthem is/was??? 'God defend New Zealand' as though god hasn't got anything better to do hahaha LOL.

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Utter pc nonsense. There was no "Australia" before European settlement.

-12 ( +9 / -21 )

I love it! Well done !

I have played rugby with many of my indigenous mates over a lifetime and we need to do more to repair what atrocities occurred in the past.

small steps, but I like the positive move

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The Australian government bend over backwards to appease the aboriginal people. And they’ve apologised for injustices done to them. Enough is enough.

-12 ( +5 / -17 )

Small point. No need for the drama queens to get triggered over it.

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We are one is good but free, I do not think so.

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Utter pc nonsense. There was no "Australia" before European settlement.

I’m trying hard to understand how someone can think that, type the sentence out and press post with a straight face.

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Until Australia day represents a date both indigenous first people and indigenous Australians born from settlers can agree on, 26th Jan will always represent discovery for some and invasion for others. The song was not even on the radar of things needing to be fixed. Get the priorities right and move forward with change in the areas that need it.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison on New Year’s Eve announced that the second line of the anthem, Advance Australia Fair, has been changed from “For we are young and free” to “For we are one and free."

I hardly see how this change refers to aboriginals other than the fact that some politician says it does. The change to the word ‘one’ instead of ‘young’ actually does the opposite - minimizing differences for the sake of national unity. I rather like that.

My biggest take away from this article is the name of the Australian National Anthem. ‘Advance Australia Fair’? Sounds like something a bunch of inebriated Stalinists would come up with. How about changing a word or two in that as well.

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I’m trying hard to understand how someone can think that, type the sentence out and press post with a straight face.

I am trying hard to figure out how someone can think that the nation of Australia could exist with its current name, culture, traditions, and national anthem without European settlers.

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I am trying hard to figure out how someone can think that the nation of Australia could exist with its current name, culture, traditions, and national anthem without European settlers.

Why would anyone think that? That would be a crazy thing to think.

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Why would anyone think that? That would be a crazy thing to think.

ok Bob Fosse, shot out of a cannon.

Lets imagine Europeans never landed on Oz. Where would it be right now in 2020?

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bobToday  12:32 am JST

Why would anyone think that? That would be a crazy thing to think.

ok Bob Fosse, shot out of a cannon.

Lets imagine Europeans never landed on Oz. Where would it be right now in 2020?

Australia would still exist of course but given its location peoples from the India subcontinent and the Far East Orient would've possibly made their way there and Oz would be diverse. And aren't those etnicities in Australia now too?

It's time for Australia to embrace its diversity and recognize the mistakes of the past so they're not repeated. I wish the USA would do the same. This is a small step for healing in the land Down Under and in 2020 the USA took some steps too, by deposing the dictator coward Donald Trump.

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Australia would still exist of course but given its location peoples from the India subcontinent and the Far East Orient would've possibly made their way there and Oz would be diverse. And aren't those etnicities in Australia now too? 

I see.

And would Australia be the wealthy first world country with a high regard for human rights as it (usually) is now?

or something different?........

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