A better choice for our anthem
WELL done Tony Newport (The Examiner, January 4) for suggesting "I am Australian" would be a better choice than "Advance Australia Fair" as a national anthem.
It is a great song, inclusive and inspirational, but perhaps too long to sing on special occasions.
Maybe this could be overcome by singing the chorus twice, which could easily be managed by schoolchildren and hopefully sporting teams as well.
For some time it has been cringeworthy watching participants struggling with the words while in full close up at national and sometimes international events.
Meanwhile, Australians all will only rejoice when someone has the grit to pull the trigger on the girt.
In history's page I seem to recall that in the 70s we voted for a national tune to replace "GSTQ" at official ceremonies.
However, in 1984 the tune was proclaimed an anthem much to my chagrin as I had voted for "The Song of Australia", a much better choice in my opinion, but not well known outside of South Australia.
I am sure the majority of Australians would be pleased to see our current divisive and outdated anthem replaced by a song acceptable to all, that can be adapted so that it can be sung more easily and enthusiastically by all Australians.
Perhaps we could include a referendum at our next federal election that provides the option for this to happen and why not resolve the Australia Day date at the same time once and for all?
Perhaps a task tailor made for Senator Lambie.
Phil Stevenson, Riverside.
Now I've seen it all
AS a long-term resident of the George Town municipality, now I can say I have seen it all. Residents of Glen Road have been trying to get their road sealed to the same standard expected in the town and places like Hillwood for many years, but there is always a reason why it can't be done.
A grant from the federal government was used to upgrade Industry Road, which is now used as a shortcut for vehicles to bypass the town. Huge amounts have been spent upgrading facilities in the town and building a mountain bike trail, and now we hear they are going to build a bridge out across the bay and lots of other unnecessary projects in the hope of enticing a few more tourists.
It seems that the funds for dizzying up the town are endless, but trying to get a country road upgraded to a decent standard of safety is just too hard. The municipality does not end at the town boundary.
Malcolm McCulloch, Pipers River.
Time our voices were heard
I agree wholeheartedly with Ian Macpherson, (The Examiner, January 6) that we are witnessing more and more attacks on christian's who defend, not only their right to religion, but their right to publicly proclaim the word of god.
Atheists and other non-believers are very active in every imaginable medium, press, TV and all social media outlets, in their mission to destroy the Christian's voice. It is the Christian voice that defends morality, goodness, truth and honesty.
Christians who truly believe in god's word and in his commandments, know, that issues such as euthanasia, abortion, same sex marriage and now sex fluidity - which is so dangerous for our children, causing confusion, just at a time when they are reaching puberty. Further, activists push for woman power, gradually and surely, destroying the rightful function of men, as the protectors, in the female/male genders, which is God's plan for his created people.
Yes Mr Macpherson, it's time we had our voices heard publicly, with respect to difference. We do not rely on human power, we have no need to, because Jesus Christ walks with us all the way and we rely on his power only.
Mary T Bates, Exeter.
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