Should Australia Change It’s National Anthem?


Before the Indigenous All Stars rugby league match on the Gold Coast last month a group of Aboriginal singers sang the Australian National Anthem in their indigenous language and in English. I enjoyed it a lot. I’ve included a video so you can judge for yourself.

Listening to it got me thinking that maybe we should make part of our Countries Anthem mean something to more Australians. I know that there are many Aboriginal languages in Australia and we can’t possible represent all of them in our Anthem. But couldn’t we set up a project for all the Australian Aboriginal communities to write  and record Advance Australia Fair in their language. Then from these recordings couldn’t we set up a group of respected Aboriginal to fashion together the first verse from ten of them. Then we would have a unique Anthem with a link to our Past and our future. We would have an easy path to teach our children more about the first  Australians. And most importantly an Anthem that represents more Australians.

I believe this could make an enormous difference to how many people feel about being Australians. What Do you think?

My Name is Shane “Sully” Sullivan and I am a Unit.

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5 thoughts on “Should Australia Change It’s National Anthem?

  1. Paula Shillington 18/02/2012 at 23:27

    Sounds good to me. Our Anthem is a bit boring…. and this would spice it up. To be controversial, I think the biggest hurdle would be convincing all the ethnic groups of this. While they aren’t the original settlers, select ethnic communities do have a stronger voice than the aboriginies.

  2. Shane Sullivan 19/02/2012 at 14:29

    I can’t see any group having a stronger claim than the first Australians.

  3. David Weir 22/06/2012 at 04:41

    I really enjoyed it Shane, in a way it is like the NZ anthem.
    I will share it via Facebook and email.
    Thanks, David

  4. Shane Sullivan 22/06/2012 at 06:01

    It does sound great doesn’t it.

  5. Advance Australia Fair 07/08/2012 at 17:45

    Hate those dual anthems … NZ, south africa have gone down that road to pander to not just the first peoples, but other groups in society. The USA has indigenous peoples with a very proud history and they don’t push for the US to change their anthem. Southern Hemisphere nations have major identity issues. If Australia wants to change their anthem, great. But don’t make it a dual anthem, add content of the first ppl and of course major content of the people that came, settled and established a nation.

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