Submission 3 Revision form of Australian National Anthem

Submission 3

It is proposed that there be

a.
a revision of the lyrics of the national anthem, as being proposed by Judith Durham, so that they are inclusive of all Australians – indigenous, Australian and overseas born, and

b
. a more upbeat and inclusive tune to inspire and support the traditional Australia human rights, eg Jimmy Barnes “Working Class Man” as proposed and demonstrated by artist by Adam Hill. A national anthem can be a powerful tool to inspire a country’s citizens to live respectfully and in harmony with each another and with other countries. For various reasons, Australia’s national anthem is neither inclusive nor inspiring nor captures the Aussie spirit of  a “Fair Go” and “Not taking oneself too seriously”.


Submission 3

It is proposed that there be

a.
a revision of the lyrics of the Australian National Anthem, as being proposed by Judith Durham, so that they are inclusive of all Australians – indigenous, Australian and overseas born, and

b.
a more upbeat and inclusive tune to inspire and support the traditional Australia human rights, eg Jimmy Barnes “Working Class Man” as proposed and demonstrated by artist Adam Hill.

A nation’s anthem can be a powerful tool to inspire a country’s citizens to live respectfully and in harmony with one another and with other the citizen’s of other countries. For various reasons, Australia’s national anthem is neither inclusive nor inspiring nor captures the Aussie spirit of  a “Fair Go” and “Not taking oneself too seriously”. The latter’s meaning is perhaps articulated as  not seeing oneself as “better than” or “less than” another person, rather “equal to”.

Lyrics:

It is understood that Judith Durham, former lead singer of "The Seekers" has collaborated with others to write new lyrics for "Advance Australia Fair".

As such this process has attempted to address inclusiveness of the lyrics

The following extract was taken from:

http://www.vyoos.com/advance-australia-fair/

Judith Durham .. has penned new lyrics for the national anthem and is hoping that the rest of the country will get on board.

Judith Durham's proposed new words are beautiful. They turn a staid lump of an anthem into something which could stir any Aussie. A recent ABC television report on the version quoted an Aboriginal as saying, "It was the first time in my whole entire life I've ever sung the Australian anthem - ever." Another  "And honouring the Dreaming ... " I've got the national anthem going around in my head now, but for the first time I'm happy to have it there.

Here are Durham's revised words:

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.

Music:

Adam Hill, an aboriginal artist from Penrith, felt so disconnected from the National Anthem that he not only refused to stand for it, he wrote an Ausfailure National Tantrum, which is sung to the tune of Advance Australia Fair.  

"Those words 'our home', they're not referring to the original owners of the land, they're referring to the pirates, the perpetrators of injustice," he said. "This anthem painfully needs to be redressed."

Hill has however also proposed using the tune from Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Man as an alternative tune for our National Anthem.
This version can be heard on:

http://www.vidz.com.au/video/663/Adam-Hill-National-anthem

Whilst is not known whether this is a serious attempt to influence Australians to change their anthem, this rendition does symbolically and musically capture the Aussie spirit of  a “Fair Go” and “Not taking oneself too seriously”.

Working Classman for its connections with “A Fair Go” and the ooo…OOO a tad of gentle Aussie larrikinism which in this context is the essence of  “Not taking oneself too seriously”.

Surely if human rights could be distilled into a couple of phrases .. giving everyone a fair go … and  don’t yourself too seriously …. would come very close to achieving that aim !!!
Last modified on Friday, 09 September 2016 17:54