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 “Voice”: Now it’s the anthem they want changed!

14.09.19.  The Aboriginal industry has more burrows and departments than does a rabbit plagued paddock—and getting taxpayers’ money to fund it. It’s the Australian Anthem the mob wants changed now and they already have a department called Recognition in Anthem Project. They must sit around for weeks thinking up names with impetus. Tomorrow, a new version of Advance Australia Fair will be sung by a massive Aboriginal choir at the Desert Song Festival in Alice Springs.
You now have another good reason among the many to vote no to all of this bloody nonsense. Not a word from a single one of these Aboriginal groups about the drought, towns going dry, no food and water for cattle or water to grow food, or mention of dams and electricity prices?
Three generations of the Ingrey family refuse to sing the national anthem.Chris Ingrey, the chief executive of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, doesn’t sing it. Neither does his father or his 15-year-old son. “As an Aboriginal person, I have never felt connected to the version I was taught growing up,” he said.

Source: Fairfax Media

We are ‘one’, not ‘young’: Change to national anthem proposed

On Sunday, a new version of Advance Australia Fair will be sung by a massive Aboriginal choir at the Desert Song Festival in Alice Springs, the Northern Territory. It’s a fresh attempt to prompt a national conversation about how to make the anthem something that everyone can sing.
Mr Ingrey said any version that acknowledged Aboriginal peoples’ long-standing connection to the land should be welcomed by all.
Developed by a non-profit called the Recognition in Anthem Project, the new version makes a one-word change to the first verse to recognise that Aboriginal people have lived here for more than 60,000 years.
It replaces the word “young” with “one” so that the first two lines read: “Australians all let us rejoice/ For we are one, and free.”
Former Victorian Supreme Court judge Peter Vickery, QC, who founded the anthem project, said that this change replaces an “outmoded and hurtful word” with “one that sings of the unifying values at the core of the Australian spirit”.
Many Indigenous Australians want to sing the anthem, but as it exists, it doesn’t acknowledge their existence. “We surely cannot accept an anthem which Indigenous people find difficult, if not impossible to sing,” writes Mr Vickery. “Causing hurt has no place in our anthem. This is indefensible.”
The rest of the first verse is unchanged, recognising that it means a great deal to many Australians, he said.
A new second verse recognises the “first people of this land”, and a new third verse – using some lines from the existing second verse – conveys the spirit of modern Australia where we work together even when “all but hope is gone”.
Mr Vickery said the anthem can be made more inclusive without an expensive referendum or plebiscite. When the anthem was changed in 1984 because it made no reference to women, the then prime minister Bob Hawke used his executive powers to change “Australia’s sons” to “Australians all let us rejoice”.
Indigenous footballers Josh Addo-Carr, his Blues teammate Cody Walker and others were criticised as unpatriotic by some when they refused to sing the anthem.
Not everyone supports a change. The Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald that the anthem was an important national symbol.
“Personally, I support the Australian national anthem and encourage all Australians to sing it with pride,” he said. He acknowledged “there are many diverse views on our national symbols and welcome conversations on how we celebrate our multicultural and shared history”.
Indigenous soprano Deborah Cheetham refused to sing the anthem at the 2015 AFL grand final although she knew it was an honour.
“Our national anthem tells us that we are young and free,” she said. “But it’s not true. Setting aside for a moment 70,000 years of Indigenous cultures, 114 years on from Federation and 227 years into colonisation, at the very least, those words don’t reflect who we are,” she wrote in The Conversation.
Martin Haskett, Recognition in Anthem Project
Members of the Central Australian Aboriginal choir, pictured last year, will sing a new version of the anthem on Sunday. It replaces the word “young” with the word “one” and adds a new verse that recognises 60,000 years of continued existence by Aboriginal Australians.
Mr Vickery’s heart was “more or less in the right place” she told The Sydney Morning Herald and Age.
But she continued to sing the “inclusive and beautifully written lyrics” written by Judith Durham with Mutti Mutti man Kutcha Edwards, and encouraged others to do so too.
Formed in 2017, the Recognition in Anthem Project group worked with Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups to develop a song that was easy to sing, and which everyone felt they could sing, said committee member Dr Martin Haskett.
Watching the rehearsals of the anthem by Indigenous singers has been very moving, he said. “When they sing for ‘60,000 years or more’, there is a strong thrust to it, it is very powerful.”
It wasn’t a competition between different versions, but about starting a public conversation about what’s in the anthem, and how it should change, he said.
Most people only know the words to the first verse, but the small change was very significant to those who find it hurtful.
“A change in a single word can make a big difference,” he said.

{ 24 comments… add one }
  • TommyGun 14/09/2019, 5:19 am

    I’m surprised they don’t want to install “Kum-Ba-Yah” as the National bloody Anthem.
    Bunch of Leftard ingrates. They wouldn’t be happy if they won X-Lotto…they’d whinge because they hadn’t bought a ticket in Powerball.

    • Bwana Neusi 14/09/2019, 11:32 am

      60,000 years!
      70,000 years!
      Do I hear a bid for 80,000? – Yes! 80,000!
      Now do I hear 100,000 thousand?

  • Ex ADF 14/09/2019, 6:12 am

    Who puts these people up to this bs? I reckon its white blackfellas. The real Aboriginals would wish for more education and futures for their kids, rather than carrying on over piddling whinges.

    • Pensioner Pete 14/09/2019, 12:12 pm

      Correct on all counts.

  • Finn 14/09/2019, 7:16 am

    It takes a lot to outrage me politically. But those bastards who take white supremacist money (it’s not indigenous money) to play a white supremacist game (rugby league) in a white supremacist built stadium, before an overwhelmingly white supremacist crowd and TV audience …… should be given the clearest opportunity to choose sing the Australian National Anthem or choose never to play the game again. OUT!

    As an aside during Keating government I think it was stats showed that about 51% of the population was catholic or Catholic origin. Oddly enough I have not heard a single complaint that Catholics are not represented in the Anthem. Which must mean arguably that they produce 50% of the nations wealth. Now back to this little group that won’t sing ….. and so on and so forth.

  • Theydon Wood 14/09/2019, 7:20 am

    Of course we have to remember that constitutionally our anthem is God Save The Queen. Recognition in anthem project might have been formed in 2017 BC or 2017, some things are unalterable without referenda.
    Second thoughts, perhaps the young and free line could be “we die young, banged up”, but of course only at welcome to (your own) country events.

    • Neville 14/09/2019, 10:49 am

      Sorry, Theydon Wood, but “god save the queen” is NOT the National Anthem of Australia.
      First, there is NO requirement in our constitution that “god save the queen”, or even any other song MUST be the national anthem. A really casual search of the constitution doesn’t even FIND the word “anthem”, “song”, or any other similar word.
      Secondly, the 1977 Australian Referendum held on 21 May 1977 decided the question of our new nation anthem. There were four actual referendum questions concerning legislative stuff that was needed, and along WITH them, one non-binding plebiscite SPECIFICALLY about our national anthem; the plebiscite was approved by a largish majority, and subsequently the govt of the day acted on the wish of Australians, and moved to stop using the now non-relevant “god save the queen” and implement “Advance Australia Fair” as the OFFICIAL National Anthem, and was done and gazetted in 1984.
      So .. “constitutionally” (meaning: adopted, implemented, and all properly done in accordance with all the legal and technical provisions of our constitution), our anthem is “Advance Australasia Fair”, not god save some queen or other.

    • Neville 14/09/2019, 11:15 am
    • Popular Front 14/09/2019, 1:40 pm

      Theydon Bois, Essex boy perchance?

  • C. Paul Barreira 14/09/2019, 8:04 am

    Advance Australia Fair is a hideous dirge. Changing the idiotic “young” for “one” is not a bad idea. After all, Australia is not young in any sense. “Free” should go as well for the claim is simply untrue—and getting untruer by the day.

    Anyway, Australians can’t sing, so what’s the point? Australians used to be quite good singers en masse but with the demise of Sunday schools that feature of the place has died, certainly in South Australia.

    Why not a good tune? Waltzing Matilda.

    • Wallace 14/09/2019, 8:33 am

      Paul, with respect it’s not the word meaning which is the issue, it’s the matter of change for the sake of change. What will they change next? It’s a mania that will never end. That’s the mentality—makes ’em feel useful.

    • Neville 14/09/2019, 11:05 am

      Agree with Wallace.
      It’s something or other in the DNA of lefties; they apparently MUST have “change”, in order to be “progressive”.
      Of course, all this ‘progress’ bullshit derives from Marx, who entertained (along with way too many others) the hideous idea that since humans had obviously “progressed” from less developed forms and cultures, then humans must necessarily keep on ‘progressing’ in order to achieve the highest form possible, and also the highest culture possible, which in his limited mind meant socialism. Of course, he was wrong then, and ‘socialism’ is wrong now, and always will be, because it is diametrically opposed to actual human nature.
      But unfortunately, lefties everywhere, along with their minions and useful idiots, their modern-day slaves and dependents, and their generally ignorant followers, all somehow BELIEVE that we must change things, all the time, for the sake of this socialism-oriented “progress”, any progress, must have progress, more progress, in order to make “things” better. And also, of course, there are those lefties who actually KNOW all this, and hide in the background pulling strings and levers, and push the whole ‘progress’ thing as a tactic in their long-term strategy towards their goal of gaining (P)ower and (C)ontrol over everyone else. Wonder what THAT would be called – oh yes, I remember now; a totalitarian dictatorship.

  • Aktosplatz 14/09/2019, 8:35 am

    I honestly have no problem with that change to the word “One” from “Young”.

    I am no longer young for a start, and we’ve all been banging on about the creeping apartheid some do-gooders have been trying to achieve.

    There is that song ‘I am Australian’ which was well put together and I remember the Seekers’ version. That’s all about being “One”.

  • LadyMoonlight 14/09/2019, 9:04 am

    If Aboriginals want me to respect them and their culture, then this is what needs to happen. If white culture/government etc. is so evil, so destructive to Aboriginals, so full of hatred/racism, then….leave it! Set up a small state within Australia for Aboriginals only (yes, if one claims Aboriginality, even if one has white skin, blonde hair and blue eyes, they can live in this state too). Now, in this state their should be nothing that has been developed by Western, white society. No clothes, no modern medicine, no currency, no agriculture, no modern education, no modern weapons, no modern technology, absolutely NOTHING that comes from a non-Aboriginal culture. Live as your ancestors did…live EXACTLY as your ancestors did. No assistance in any way, shape or form from any government department or white people. None. If Aboriginal culture was so good and perfect and wonderful before the arrival of European settlers, then live it. Reject the culture/society that has treated Aboriginals (in their minds at least) so badly. Come on, be a rebel, be someone your ancestors can be proud of, live the dream (or, rather, Dreaming). You can do it, you’re strong and proud of being Aboriginal, after all, Aboriginals survived for 65,000 years before Europeans arrived, so it shouldn’t be a problem, should it. Aboriginals can throw off the shackles of enslavement and pain and loss of identity and culture. If Aboriginals want me to respect them and their culture then they need to stop whinging about whites and their culture and evil ways, and go and live the dream! Wanna bet there are no takers?

    • TommyGun 14/09/2019, 4:30 pm

      LM; you think so much like me it’s spooky!
      I think I need a new alfoil hat! 🙂
      Regrettably, I fear there would be “no takers” for your suggested way of living for them. They are too used to the “gravy train” supplied by us racists.

      • LadyMoonlight 14/09/2019, 7:36 pm

        Firstly, tis good to know that I am not the only one who thinks this way, so, thank you. Secondly, yeah, I know, no one is going to give up the goodies from the hated white society!

    • OPA 14/09/2019, 4:56 pm

      What? And give up the grog and junk food?

  • Gregoryno6 14/09/2019, 9:10 am

    They know their idea has less chance of success than a snowflake in hell, so they’re just piling it on. All the more evidence of how RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST we are.

    • Neville 14/09/2019, 11:11 am

      Oh yes. I’ve noticed of recent times how the “racism” industry is going about trying (and WAY too often succeeding!) to CREATE situations whereby they can then lay about themselves with accusations of “racism”, and “sexism”, and “inequality”, and all the panoply of memes of frustrated lefties everywhere. The Australian Human Rights Commission is a perfect illustration.

  • Lorraine 14/09/2019, 9:13 am

    Chris Ingrey doesn’t feel connected to welfare from tax payers so he doesn’t take it, just as he doesn’t sing the Anthem, his memory has trouble remembering where his toes are connected. this is BS

  • Albert 14/09/2019, 10:17 am

    At least this gives us something to prattle on about until their next ridiculous claim comes along.

  • Bazza 14/09/2019, 12:43 pm

    Lady Moonlight you reflect my opinion exactly. As for Aborigines having connection to the land just take a look at the crap and rubbish to be found wherever there is an Aboriginal settlement or town. Some connection!

    • LadyMoonlight 14/09/2019, 7:41 pm

      Imagine how hard it is for me as a very, very conservative high school teacher, watching the Aboriginals rule the school, get away with everything, get everything, and, to top it all of, I have to teach all the current, politically correct bullshit. I have to smile and be nice, while I am thinking thoughts that, if my Head Teacher, Principal, Deputies and my colleagues knew I was thinking, I would never be allowed to step foot in a classroom again! I am surrounded by lefties and I have even given up arguing because there is simply no point, they are so bloody brainwashed there is no getting through to them.

  • Disgruntled 14/09/2019, 3:23 pm

    LadyMoonlight, Your suggestion would really sort em out!!
    Bazza, you got it right on the rubbish bit, drive around any town that has Aboriginals living there and you will a lot of times find nothing but a disgraceful mess. Hey they are not all like that though. A lot are better than a lot of whites. I now live in town and the 14 years I’ve lived here an aboriginal girl rented the house next door and I will say she was by a long way the best of a fair few tenants, always decent and proper, no loud parties and goings on as was usual for some. I was really dissapointed when she moved on, the yard was always neat and tidy too.

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