Alternative anthem strikes alternative feelings

Australian’s rejoice, we have progress! well.. some progress.

If you don’t know what i’m talking about then i’ll briefly inform you that earlier this week an alternative version of our beloved (debatable) Australian national anthem was released.

Renee Viellaris, journalist at The Courier-Mail, tells us that the Victorian Supreme Court judge Peter Vickery, via the Recognition in Anthem Projects, changed the second line in verse one, “for we are young and free” to “in peace and harmony”. Also adding 10 new lines to make a complete third verse that mentions Aboriginal dreamtime and respect for our country.

Last month, The Project TV program encouraged Twitter users to joke about the possible change when it was in speculation:

Meanwhile, I think majority of our political-journalist friends are, above all, joyful that the government decided against ‘Hey Ya‘ being the new national anthem.

To be honest, I think I would have preferred waking up to a headline stating that decision as I struggle to understand why it was released as an alternative over a hard-hitting updated version.

Is Australia afraid of change?

Personally, I think this expresses that the leaders of our country cannot accept our heritage and the people/culture that essentially built the foundations for Australia.

I’m also speaking with the multiple conversations in mind that i’ve had with people who travel to Europe (in particular) and come home enlightening me that Australia lacks history.

Our country has history and because it’s not in the form of mass murders and riots, are we choosing to ignore it?

I guess all we can really do is make a light-hearted joke out of this change and hope for a better tomorrow.

Thanks for reading,

Savhanna.

In case you need a refresher on the original national anthem:

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The current Australian national anthem lyrics.
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Please don’t rain on my parade

Class task on the topic of ‘what is an issue affecting you today’.

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University student Jaqueline Janssen working over coffee at Depot café.

As a self-proclaimed dedicated university student, certain life situations bothering you is a daily occurrence. We learn to live with it. Sound exciting? Let me tell you a little more about how my morning has gone.

Firstly, actually getting out of bed at 7am with a sore throat and a blocked nose isn’t ideal for anyone that wants to recover quickly, but for a student, your health is probably the last thing on your mind in week 11.

So we’re out of bed, dressed, three glasses of warm lemon water down (thanks to my Instagram influencers raving about this medial-miracle drink), coffee in hand and we make our way to the car to begin our 45minute drive to campus.

Expect to arrive on time? No traffic on the motorway? you’re dreaming *que Insta-story post with text overlay saying traffic: 1 Savhanna: 0*.

Okay, we’re on campus and we are just in time for a nice barista-made coffee (thanks to the guys at Good Bean), car-park obtained, and we step out of the car. Guess what? it’s raining! Chances of my hair staying straight on this drowsy day? none.

 

All I can say is I hope your morning is going uber amounts better than mine.

Much love,

Savhanna. x

PS. here is to the song my title refers to.