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Proud Scott Morrison shares daughter's 'beautiful' Australia Day poem

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 26/01/2022 Kevin Airs For Daily Mail Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stunned the crowd at the Australia Day citizenship ceremony by reciting a poem written by his daughter Lily.

At the National Citizenship and Flag Raising ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday, Mr Morrison included the patriotic words penned by the 13 year old in his speech.

The words pay tribute to the relentless spirit of Australians in the face of hardship, and the beauty and ancient history of the sun-soaked land. 

And it even includes a reference to the great Aussie myth of drop bears, the scare story often told to visiting foreigners as a national in-joke.  

'I could not express my love for this country better than the young girl who wrote this verse … It's called My Land Australia,' he told the audience before later revealing it was the work of his own daughter.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured with wife Jenny and daughters Lily, front left, and Abbey) included his daughter's poem in his Australia Day speech © Provided by Daily Mail Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured with wife Jenny and daughters Lily, front left, and Abbey) included his daughter's poem in his Australia Day speech

'My land called Australia. My heart soiled in loving grace. My cherished home filled with love and ancient dreaming. The high mountain ranges in between my gazes with the outback on the horizon we can see new beginnings.

'Through fire, famine, flood and pandemics, it's going, going, going. We will never tire out. We'll keep our flags up and let it fly, fly, fly. Australia, my land, my country of hardship, my country of grace, my country of stars.

'Don't care how much you try to persuade me, give me books, money and lovely birch trees. Nothing can take my love from this land. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) has stunned the crowd at the Australia Day citizenship ceremony by reciting a poem written by his daughter Lily. © Provided by Daily Mail Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) has stunned the crowd at the Australia Day citizenship ceremony by reciting a poem written by his daughter Lily.

'Nothing can take the smile off my face when we get a sunburn and lie for a bit, my friends and family can ride together down to the river, beach or bay, we can sit and reminisce about the time the sun sprays.


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'Yes, of course you can do that anywhere but can you see the drop bears there?'

The poetic tribute to Australia came as the PM hailed the relentless battle the nation has faced over the past 12 months in the ongoing fight against the Covid pandemic. 

'These have been some of the toughest years, if not the toughest, we have known since the times of war and the Great Depression,' he added.

 The touching poem was penned by daughter Lily, left, seen here with sister Abbey, mum Jenny and proud PM dad Scott Morrison. © Provided by Daily Mail  The touching poem was penned by daughter Lily, left, seen here with sister Abbey, mum Jenny and proud PM dad Scott Morrison. The poetic tribute came as PM Scott Morrison (pictured) hailed the relentless battle the nation has faced over the past 12 months in the ongoing fight against the Covid pandemic © Provided by Daily Mail The poetic tribute came as PM Scott Morrison (pictured) hailed the relentless battle the nation has faced over the past 12 months in the ongoing fight against the Covid pandemic

'At such times we are sustained by many things. Our family, our friends, our community, our faith, and we are thankful. But today I am just filled with thanks and gratitude for the nation we are blessed to live in as a people.'

The words were echoed by Governor -General David Hurley.

He added: 'I know there are challenges, I see them every day. I know there are tough days, we've wept with people, we've comforted people, but we are at heart a good people.

'We're the product of our past, and the sum of each of our individual stories and you, our newest citizens, add to that rich mix and add to our story with your own. 

'That, I believe is worth celebrating here on Australia Day.' 

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