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Australian National Anthem Changed to Recognise Indigenous People

File picture of the Australian flag. (Reuters)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced the second line within the nationwide anthem, Advance Australia Fair, would change from “For we are young and free” to “For we are one and free”.

  • AFP Sydney
  • Last Updated: December 31, 2020, 20:48 IST
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A line in Australia’s nationwide anthem formally modified Friday in a transfer the nation’s chief mentioned was geared toward higher recognising the nation’s Indigenous folks.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced the second line within the nationwide anthem, Advance Australia Fair, would change from “For we are young and free” to “For we are one and free”.

“Australia as a modern nation may be relatively young, but our country’s story is ancient, as are the stories of the many First Nations peoples whose stewardship we rightly acknowledge and respect,” Morrison wrote in The Age newspaper on New Year’s Eve.

“Changing ‘young and free’ to ‘one and free’ takes nothing away, but I believe it adds much.”

The transfer had been beforehand floated to higher recognise Indigenous Australian historical past, which spans again tens of hundreds of years, however the conservative chief had not flagged the change till saying it late on Thursday evening.

Australia is a rustic nonetheless reckoning with its colonial previous and inequality dealing with its First Nations peoples, with Indigenous kids twice as prone to die earlier than their fifth birthday, based on official statistics.

Earlier this yr, massive protests have been held in a number of cities across the nation calling for an finish to deaths in custody of Indigenous folks — which quantity greater than 400 within the final three many years.

No prosecutions have been introduced regardless of dozens of investigations, inquests and in some instances video proof of abuse.

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