The first sentence in our national anthem is enough for me to bring up several issues that Australia should address--either this or change the first line of the national anthem!
Here's that first line from Advance Australia Fair:
"Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free."
Yeah, okay. First of all, let's change the name of the actual anthem. Australia is NOT being advanced in a fair manner at all. Why? Because as usual, our self-serving politicians are too busy "advancing" their own interests and they don't give a rat's ass about the general population.
But this is not why I wrote the blog post. The reason I wrote it is because the first line of our national anthem conjured up so much disgust in me that I simply had to write about it.
So let's examine this line a little closer and what it means. At least, what it means to me. You are free to disagree; after all, the word "free" is also a part of that first line.
Okay, so we're supposed to rejoice for we are "young and free..."
Young AND free! Okay, we know Australia has a huge ageing population, so how are we young? Isn't it a discriminatory term to say we should rejoice because we're young? Unfortunately, this is the kind of thing that leads to a culture of age discrimination (ageism or agism), which is alive and well in our "fair country". Click HERE to read my blog post entitled "Age Discrimination is rife in Australia".
So what does the government, in their greed and lack of empathy, do? They raise the pension qualifying age from 65 to 70 years. Considering that one is lucky to get a job after age 45 to 50 years, I think this is ludicrous. What are we meant to live on between, say age 50 and up to our qualifying age for the pension? Does it matter that we dutifully paid our taxes through our working lives and now that the government should look after us they don't? NAH! We're supposed to sell any assets we have (that is, if we have any) or go on unemployment benefits and live in the streets because renting in most capital cities in Australia costs much more than what unemployment benefits cost.
So tough bikkies for those who can't get employment between ages 50 to 70 years--and even if you do, be prepared to get paid less than half the hourly rate you used to earn--no matter how qualified you are. In fact, after 50 years if you are qualified and bring with you loads of experience employers cringe even more. Hmm. And heaven help you if you whinge to anybody; they'll just tell you to get on with it.
* Good luck if you're over 50 and looking for a job. Welcome to ageism.
** You're only free when WE want you to be free. Welcome to the new Aussie dictatorship where we take away your choice of what to do with your life and tell you what to think about this and other issues of importance in your life.
In closing, I love Australia. I still think we're the "lucky country", but our beautiful continent is tarnished and polluted by the greed, bigotry and hypocritical standards certain organisations force upon us.
As a result, not being a hypocrite myself, I cannot possibly celebrate Australia Day, especially by singing Advance Australia Fair. I don't celebrate ageism or any other kind of discrimination; I don't celebrate being dictated to as to how I should live; and I don't celebrate a self-serving government and/or organisations (religious or otherwise) who tell me how I should die. In short, I DON'T celebrate Australia Day.