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Alan Jones backs Cathy Freeman’s call to change the national anthem

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Alan Jones has thrown his support behind a call to change the national anthem.

Legendary indigenous-Australian athlete Cathy Freeman has backed the Recognition in Anthem Project‘s (RAP) proposed changes, which aim “to achieve recognition of Australian values and our First Peoples in the Australian National Anthem”.

The Australian National Anthem was first performed in 1878 but has had the lyrics revised three times to adjust to significant social and political change.

The RAP’s proposal calls for just one word to be changed in the first verse and would see the second and third verses replaced entirely (see below).

The change would get rid of the concept that Australia is a “young” nation, recognising Aboriginals have been here for 60,000 years as the oldest civilisation on earth.

Australians all let us rejoice for we are young and free.

Australians all let us rejoice for we are one and free.

Alan Jones has described the changes as “contemporary and sensible” and says, “if that’s the change that’s needed, it’s not worth carrying on”.

“I don’t think any sensible person would have a problem with that. I don’t have any problem with that at all.

“I think the changes are very contemporary and sensible.”

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Ray Hadley says he also supports the move to change the anthem.

“If one word is going to solve this problem, one for young, just change it.”

He says this will have a flow-on effect in the sporting world.

“Then the ARL commission won’t have to have a discussion about whether they’re going to play the national anthem at the Origin match because it might offend some people.”

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Verse 2

For sixty thousand years and more

First peoples of this land

Sustained by Country, Dreaming told

By song and artist’s hand.

Unite our cultures from afar

In peace with those first here

To walk together on this soil

Respect for all grows there.

From everywhere on Earth we sing, Advance Australia Fair.

Verse 3

In times of drought and flood and fire

When all but hope is gone

Australians join with helping hands

And wattle blooms again.

Tomorrow may this timeless land

Live for our young to share

From red-rock heart to sun-filled shore

Our country free and fair.

Beneath the Southern Cross we sing, Advance Australia Fair.


Image: Getty/Eric Feferberg

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