Australia: A word of the national anthem changed to honor the natives


Australia has changed a word in its national anthem since 1984 to honor the country's original inhabitants. Calling it a 'spirit of unity', Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on New Year's Eve that the second line of the national anthem would be changed from 'For We Are Young and Free' (We are young and independent) to 'For We are one and Free '(we are one and are free).

This change has come into effect from Friday. Earlier, Governor-General David Hurley accepted the Commonwealth's recommendation to amend the national anthem. PM Morrison said, now is the time to ensure that this great unity is fully reflected in our national anthem too.

He said that Australia is the most successful multicultural nation on earth. Australia's Minister for Native Affairs, Ken Wyatt, said in a statement that he was asked about the change and lent his support to it.