"Gary Yates" sought the correct form of a loyal toast in Australia.
It appears from a search of Australian Government official web sites,
there has been no such thing since Advance Australia Fair was adopted
as the national anthem.
This history is from "The Parliamentary handbook of the Commonwealth
of Australia. On line at
Advance Australia Fair was proclaimed as the national anthem on 19
April 1984 by the Governor-General. Non-sexist words were adopted.
Advance Australia Fair is used on all occasions other than those on
which the royal anthem or the vice-regal salute is used. Until 1974
the anthem used was God Save the Queen/King. The Whitlam Government,
following the result of a public opinion poll conducted by the
Australian Bureau of Statistics, changed the anthem to Advance
Australia Fair, except for specifically royal occasions. In January
1976, the Fraser Government reinstated the use of God Save the Queen
for royal, vice-regal, defence and loyal toast occasions. Advance
Australia Fair was played on all other official occasions.
The National Song Poll was held on 21 May 1977, at the same time as
four referendum proposals. Advance Australia Fair was the clear choice
of the voters. The Referendums and Plebiscites section of the
Parliamentary Handbook provides details of the voting in the poll. The
Minister for Administrative Services then announced that the anthem
was Advance Australia Fair. From 1985 both God Save the Queen and
Advance Australia Fair are played at the beginning of official
functions attended by the Queen or member of the royal family.
There is also a special arrangement for the Royal Visit in 2000 noted
on the press releases on the Prime Ministers web site: at
During the forthcoming visit of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh
the Loyal Toast at Commonwealth functions will take the form of "The
Queen and the People of Australia".
This form of Toast has been used at functions at both Government House
and Parliament House for some time and its use during the forthcoming
visit has been settled after consultation with The Queen.
Both the National Anthem "Advance Australia Fair" and the Royal Anthem
"God Save The Queen" will be used during the visit, on occasions when
The Queen herself is present.
This is in accordance with the approach laid down during the Hawke
government's term back in 1985 shortly after "Advance Australia Fair"
was proclaimed Australia's National Anthem.
My own feeling is that the correct way is to say:
"Ladies and Gentlemen; Australia." with the response "Australia,"
however I can find no formal justification for it, although I am sure
there was such an announcement at the time of the change of anthem.
Perhaps it was too hot a potato for anyone to cast in stone at the
time, and no-one has noticed since.
John Sleigh, DTM