By Adam Vilaca and Zach Cole
“We are one, but we are many” begins the chorus of The Seekers alternative Australian anthem — “I am Australian”. A rousing tune, it can be heard in Australian schools, on Australian national holidays, and — probably most reverently — reverberating from a bunch of drunk Australians at an “Australian” pub somewhere overseas on an early Sunday morning.
It even became the theme song for a national singalong in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort by the Australian national broadcaster to liven national spirits.
“I am, you are, we are…