EDIT: This post was written for an Online Journalism assessment. The task time was 30 minutes.
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.
Journalist at The Courier-Mail Renee Viellaris 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:
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,
In case you need a refresher on the original national anthem: