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The proposed new words for the Australian national anthem

Advance Australia Fair was chosen as the de facto anthem in a 1977 plebiscite by just over 8.4 million voters who preferred the song to God Save the Queen, Waltzing Matilda and Song of Australia.

It was officially adopted as the national anthem on April 19, 1984 on the recommendation of the federal government.

The song was composed by Scottish-born Peter Dodds McCormick, was first performed in 1878 and sung in Australia as a patriotic song.

CURRENT LYRICS:

Australians make us all rejoice

because we are An and free

We have golden soil and wealth to toil

Our house is surrounded by sea

Our country is rich in gifts from nature

Of beauty, rich and rare

In the history page, each stage

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Then let us sing in joyful tensions

Advance Australia scholarship

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross

We will toil with hearts and hands

To make this Commonwealth of us

Famous by all countries

For those who have crossed the seas

We have boundless plains to share

Let’s all combine with courage

To promote Australia fairly

Then let us sing in joyful tensions

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT IN ANTHEM PROPOSED SECOND AND THIRD VERSES:

Verse 2 – Our people

Sixty thousand years and more

First peoples of this land

Supported by land, Dreaming told

By song and artist hand.

Unite our cultures remotely

At peace with the first here

Walking together on this soil

Respect for everyone grows there.

From all over the world we sing Advance Australia Fair.

Verse 3 – Our Values

In times of drought, floods and fire

When all but hope is gone

Australians join in with helping hands

And wattle blooms again.

Tomorrow this timeless country is allowed

Live for our youth to share

From red rock heart to sun-drenched coast

Our country is free and fair.

Under the Southern Cross we sing Advance Australia Fair.

Under the Southern Cross we sing Advance Australia Fair.

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