Anthem

 

Transforming our national anthem 

There are many current initiatives to transform our national anthem. Hopefully, one day the peoples of this land will get to choose a new version (or versions!).  We don’t think it’s up to us to say what the end result will be, but we offer this as one possible alternative.  We welcome your involvement in having this version (or other alternative versions) sung and performed in your local community. No matter how small your action we’d then like to hear about it. In the comments section below, please tell us the story of how you talked about this with friends, in your workplace, had it sung in your child’s school, at your sporting event and so on. Thanks!  

About this revised anthem 

The lyrics for this revised anthem were written by Judith Durham, Kutcha Edwards, Lou Bennett, Camilla Chance and Bill Hauritz. In the video clip above it is performed by Kutcha Edwards during the KAGE Team of Life theatre production. For more information about this revised anthem, click here  For a pdf of the lyrics to print, click here.

Lyrics

Australia, celebrate as one, with peace and harmony.
Our precious water, soil and sun, grant life for you and me.
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts to love, respect and share,
And honouring the Dreaming, advance Australia fair.
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair.
 Australia, let us stand as one, upon this sacred land.
A new day dawns, we’re moving on to trust and understand.
Combine our ancient history and cultures everywhere,
To bond together for all time, advance Australia fair.
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair.
Australia, let us strive as one, to work with willing hands.
Our Southern Cross will guide us on, as friends with other lands.
While we embrace tomorrow’s world with courage, truth and care,
And all our actions prove the words, advance Australia fair,
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair.
And when this special land of ours is in our children’s care,
From shore to shore forever more, advance Australia fair.
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance . . Australia . . fair.

Tell us more!

What actions are you and your friends/ colleagues / family taking? Please tell us below … and please include where this action took place! Thanks. Please note, we don’t publish all comments that are submitted. We are particularly interested in hearing from people about actions you have taken (or are going to take) in your local contexts. Thanks 🙂 

This Post Has 353 Comments

  1. Raoul Borley

    I absolutely LOVE this version. It should replace the imposed one. I am Australian. I stand with all peoples and recognise the original First People of Australia rights to this land.

  2. Terence Egan

    Love it!
    This is much better and more appropriate.
    The sooner, the better.

    1. Terence Egan

      I’d love to hear this in an aboriginal dialect also.

  3. Leanne

    I love it. Much more inclusive. I like how the environment is also mentioned.

  4. Catherine

    I love it – would love for this to be our new National Anthem.

  5. lindsay

    go for it1

  6. Amber

    I’m a newly qualified teacher. My neighbour teacher and I hosted NAIDOC assembly today and we played this in place of the previous song. There were quite a few tears within the gym hall. A very touching and proud moment.❤️

  7. Kath

    I love this version much better than our current one it fills me with pride for my country listing to it.

  8. Mary Stoddart

    Yes, yes yes! I love it!

  9. Jen Petersen

    Good morning

    Have shared this with ABC news breakfast, NSW premier was talking about changing the name of current anthem. We can do more!

  10. SYLVIE

    Love it…but….I’d take it a couple of more steps further. I’d love to hear some Aboriginal lyrics and music (didgeridoo). NZ have the best anthem in the world, sung in Maori – why can’t we reflect our Aboriginal languages (I know we have many!) in some of our anthem? WE MUST CHANGE OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM. FULLY WITH YOU.

  11. Mary

    We believe in the wonderful work you have created here and we have now started playing it at our school’s assembly. We will play it to all the children.

  12. Courtney

    This is beautiful and is what our children should learn. This land belongs to the Aboriginal people and we are their visitors, i am sorry for what you have had to live through.

  13. Helena

    Wow. How do we make this happen. This is such a fantastic improvement on the current version.

  14. Jennfer Gerrand

    I have been sending this to as many people and groups as I can. Is there a coordinated campaign to spread the word? I woiuld like to join it or start one (coordinated, ensuring all possibel recpetive Australians receivee it. The present upsurge of interest and support for the Black Lives Matter movement suggests this is a good time to advocate for this national anthem update. Jennifer

  15. Michele Malseed

    I will never again stand for the current national anthem, which is divisive and completely ignores the true heritage of this country. Only when this one, which I think is perfect, is adopted and replaces the outdated, Anglo Saxon version, will I acknowledge and stand proudly for my country. I’d love to always hear it sung so beautifully by Kutcha.

    1. Leah Thomas

      me too..

  16. Kim

    This is a huge improvement. Not currently living in Australia, so can’t do more than share it on facebook at the moment. I hope it takes off.

  17. Christopher

    Such a beautifully presented anthem in such harmony. It is about time that Australia matures and grows-up and is to be seen leading the way across the globe!

  18. Cathy

    Love this version …. it’s true to the core. Can we make it official?

  19. Carolyn Thompson

    This is so beautiful. I have shared on FB and will encourage my community choir to sing this version. Congratulations to all involved.

  20. Liz Packer

    I shared this. It’s very beautiful. I could happily sing this version. Thanks very much.

  21. D

    This beautiful song should be our anthem.

    How do we make it voted in a referendum?!

  22. Lee

    I would more than willingly sing this as Our national Anthem. It is truly beautiful and would hopefully unite all of Australia, finally. I will share and promote as best I can

  23. Kaye Speyer

    Just Love these words and the sooner they are recognised by being our anthem along with the music that we have already the better.

  24. Jo Anne Jawor

    This is a newer, better version that respects the nation’s First Peoples, multiculturalism and our environment. I *love* it!!!!!!!

  25. Tracy Kingman

    Yes

  26. Gary Beilby

    This is such a brilliant retelling of our anthem. I would love to see it replace the existing!
    However, with respect, I suggest you need to do more than just asking local groups to record it and share. You need an online campaign. Many people will help with this.

  27. Tania Bowra

    Wonderful! Thank you writers and Kutcha for the beautiful delivery.

  28. Sarah Rose Courtney

    The first time I have heard the national anthem and had goosebumps all over, I think it is wonderful! I have just joined extinction rebellion/grey power. I will take some copies to my next meet up., and of course share it on Facebook. This will take a good while to happen, but I will promote it as much as I can.

  29. Julie Zadow

    amazing

  30. Ryan Zihrul

    I would love to see our official national anthem changed to this!
    Is this a
    petition? what do we do to m
    ake it cha
    nge??

  31. Natalie Parletta

    I love this – yes please!

  32. David

    We can be proud of this one. Let us do it. The existing one is rubbish and I can never say it..

  33. Karen Jackson

    LOVE it, finally an anthem I can stand behind with pride

  34. Pamela Powley

    I like this very much, There is no offence intended when I ask if all the names supplied as writers of the words, collaborated together recently to arrive at this very suitable and sensitive anthem,

  35. Tianna

    We need this. I’m a fairly white women. But I am also indigenous and proud to be. It will be nice to have some representation in our anthem.

  36. Colleen Morrison

    A huge improvement thank you. Beautiful inclusive lyrics I will only sing this version from now on .

  37. Kay EARL

    It is a must in this age of awareness for our fellow beings and our land and globe, that we take the step of changing the present lyrics of our National Anthem.

  38. Martin Bayliss

    A huge improvement. Thank you.

    1. DPiero

      I would happily sing this I love the lyrics, we should have a petition to the Australian Government to change the anthem to this one, we are one we are not divided we are all human beings colour does not divide us.

  39. Caitlin

    Just heard about this recently and find it beautiful and a much better anthem. I have shared it on Facebook and need to learn it for the next time I sing the anthem.

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