Otago Daily Times

Change to Aus­tralian an­them mooted

- Australia News · Australia Day · Celebrations · Sydney · Australia · New South Wales · Gladys Berejiklian · ABC TV

SYD­NEY: Aus­tralia should change the lyrics of its na­tional an­them to hon­our its indige­nous peo­ple, New South Wales state Pre­mier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian said yes­ter­day, be­com­ing one of the most prom­i­nent politi­cians to en­dorse such an al­ter­ation.

Aus­tralia’s an­them in­cludes the line ‘‘we are young and free’’. Bere­jik­lian said this should be changed to ‘‘we are one and free’’ as it failed to recog­nise that indige­nous Aus­tralians were the old­est con­tin­ued civil­i­sa­tion in the world.

‘‘I think it’s about time we recog­nise the tens of thou­sands of years of the first na­tions peo­ple of this con­ti­nent,’’ she told ABC tele­vi­sion. ‘‘We’re tens of thou­sands of years old when it comes to hu­man in­hab­i­tants. It’s just a small ges­ture.’’

Aus­tralians mark Jan­uary 26 as Aus­tralia Day, on the date the First Fleet sailed into Syd­ney Har­bour in 1788.

Some indige­nous peo­ple re­fer to Aus­tralia Day as ‘‘In­va­sion Day’’. — Reuters

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