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Forget empire and swaggies, we need an anthem for all of us

Provoked by piss-weak, one-word Scotty and feisty Julian ‘Matilda’ Cribb, I offer my anthem words that come from a rather different place.

[Published at Pearls & Irritations.]

I was inspired by an early episode of Redfern Now, the one in which the scholarship kid at the posh school refuses to sing the AAF words because they insult his people. There are so many things wrong with those words. You can go through and pick at ‘boundless plains’ and ‘girt’, but for me it’s the whole tone and package.

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New Words for an Anthem (slightly revised)

[I have been busy with other things, so not posting very much.  It’s partly distraction, partly finding a different approach, wanting to give less power to the nonsense that passes for mainstream political and social commentary, and more power to important and sane things.  I’ll probably post about it before too long.  Also I have (yet) another idea on how to present my economics thoughts so they might attract some attention.  I’ll share that at an appropriate time too.]

I realised, from reading and interacting with indigenous folk, that my recent Anthem words still lacked something important.  Fortunately there was a line that could be readily modified to cover the need.  Perhaps this version is ready to promote more widely.  (You may share it freely, with attribution to me.)

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New words for an anthem?

[Another post from the Two Fires Festival , specifically here.  I want to promote this more widely when I get a chance.]

Many people find the words of our national anthem, Advance Australia Fair, to be unsatisfactory, for various reasons, such as

•  no mention of the First Australians
•  too redolent of old British Empire attitudes (the original version was written in 1878).
•  the land is to be owned and used, rather than being a wonder we preserve and a provider we care for and pass on
•  the antiquated phrasing (and not just “girt”).

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