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Australia’s New Old Anthem

Australia changes one word in their national anthem to become more inclusive

The second line in the anthem of Australia was changed on 31 December 2020 from "young and free" to "one and free".

This change shall recognise that the history of the aboriginal people in Australia goes back over 60,000 years. Thus the original words of the anthem did not include and reflect on the history of the indigenous Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.

"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. It is time to ensure this great unity is reflected more fully in our national anthem." (Australia's Premier Minister Scott Morrison)

The Australian national anthem was first adopted in 1984, however, the indigenous people of the country were not consulted about the wording and neither were they consulted regarding the word change now.

Australia celebrates the national day 'Australia Day' on 26 January 2021. Read the fascinating stories of Australians here.

Australia is a country in Oceania and home to 25 million inhabitants. About 2% of the Australian people belong to the Aboriginal people of Australia. Most of the Aboriginal people still live in rural areas or the outback. Country facts about Australia for Kids: Read more about Australia here.

image: Distinctive dot painting style of an Aboriginal traditional painting


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