The Federal Government of Australia

The official version of Australia's current national anthem, "Advance Australia Fair", is:

-Disjointed from a musical perspective.
-Embarrassing from an international political perspective.
-Absurd from an Indigenous Australian perspective.
-Dull and uninviting from an emotional perspective.
-Awkward from a lyrical perspective.
-Dated and missing verses from an historical perspective.
-Divisive from a cultural perspective.
-Girt by a sea of mediocrity from the ALP's minister and member for Rankin Craig Emerson's perspective.
-Boring from retired National's senator Sandy Macdonald's perspective.
-Worth considering a replacement for from the Liberal's member for Fisher Peter Slipper's perspective.

Adding to all this, most Australians know neither the words nor what they mean!

Numerous other patriotic songs would be worthy of replacing "Advance Australia Fair". However many of these songs lack the rhythmic emotion of a high-quality national anthem. Others contain awkward lyrics or words not known by most Australians. The song "I Still Call Australia Home" is well known (having been promoted around the world by a certain business) but it speaks about too many other countries to be Australia's national anthem. Australia's national anthem should be about Australia- not other countries!

Hence, "I Am Australian" (lyrics at end) by Bruce Woodley should be the national anthem of Australia. The following reasons amongst many others support this proposal:

1) It unites Australians.
2) It is well known to Australians.
3) Its meaning is clear and its words understandable.
4) It celebrates Australians from all walks of life.
5) It respects Indigenous Australians and other cultures.
6) The words are easy to learn.
7) It celebrates iconic Australians.
8) It is passionately patriotic yet inclusive of naturalised Australians.
9) It welcomes new Australians (already being in use at citizenship ceremonies).
10) It is already sung by many on national holidays such as Australia Day.
11) It is already sung at major sporting events as a sign of what it is to be Australian.
12) It recognises the contributions of both men and women in forging the identity of the nation.

The lyrics are as follows:

I came from the dream time
From the dusty red soil plains
I am the ancient heart
The keeper of the flame
I stood upon the rocky shore
I watched the tall ships come
For forty thousand years I'd been
The first Australian

We are one but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice
I am - You are - We are Australian

I came upon the prison ship
Bowed down by iron chains
I cleared the land, endured the lash
And waited for the rains
I'm a settler; I'm a farmer's wife
On a dry and barren run
A convict then free man
I became Australian

I'm the daughter of a digger
Who sought the mother lode
The girl became a woman
On a long and dusty road
I'm a child of the depression
I saw the good times come
I'm a bushy
I'm a battler
I am Australian

{Repeat CHORUS}

I'm a teller of stories
I'm a singer of songs
I am Albert Namatjira
And I paint the ghostly gums
I'm Clancy on his horse
I'm Ned Kelly on the run
I'm the one who waltzed Matilda
I am Australian

I'm the hot wind from the desert
I'm the black soil of the plains
I'm the mountains and the valleys
I'm the drought and flooding rains
I am the Rock, I am the Sky
The Rivers when they run
The Spirit of This Great Land
I am Australian

{Notes on the lyrics:
1) Alternatively, the chorus may be sung between each verse.
2) The last verse has been slightly adjusted by capitalising certain words. As the "Rock" refers to Uluru and "This Great Land" refers to Australia it is appropriate to capitalise these words. In the cases of the other words, this may be interpreted as either a poetic personification or a connection to certain characters of the dreaming of Indigenous Australians.
3) The term "dream time" has been retained due to the respect for ancient ways shown in the first verse. Should Indigenous Elders regard it as offensive, it may be altered to "dreaming".}

We, the undersigned, respectfully request the Federal Government of Australia to change the official national anthem of Australia from "Advance Australia Fair" by Peter Dodds McCormick to "I Am Australian" by Bruce Woodley for the reasons listed in the description of this petition (attached).

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The "I Am Australian" to Replace "Advance Australia Fair" as Anthem petition to The Federal Government of Australia was written by Michael Astle and is in the category Patriotism at GoPetition.