Majority wouldn't mind if Australia Day date was changed, poll finds

Majority wouldn't mind if Australia Day date was changed, poll finds

Majority wouldn't mind if Australia Day date was changed, poll finds

An Australia Institute poll released on Thursday found 56% of respondents did not care on which date Australia Day is held, as long as a national day is celebrated.

What it does demonstrate is there is a great opportunity to move the nation forward, to choose a day that allows us to celebrate all the things that it means to be Australian.
When asked to pick the best day for Australia Day from a list of options, a whopping 70 percent of respondents did not select the current date. "Perhaps that's why more than half of Australians say they don't really mind when we hold Australia Day, as long as we do".

In fact, the poll found less than half of the people surveyed even knew why January 26 was chosen in the first place (it's the anniversary of the First Fleet landing in Sydney, fyi).

Former Home and Away actress Isabelle Lucas has joined the Greens' push, appearing in a video in which she says, "Now's the time to change the date of Australia Day".

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"It [should] be a day of reflection and absolute recognition that Australia Day is an extremely painful day for First Australians that represents to the First Australians the usurping of Aboriginal culture, the attack on sovereignty in many ways", she told ABC radio.

While almost half (49%) agreed Australia Day should not be on a day that is offensive to Indigenous Australians, 36% disagreed, yet only 37% agreed January 26 is offensive to Indigenous Australians, while 46% disagreed.

Labor spokesperson for human services and the first Aboriginal woman elected to the federal lower house, Linda Burney, said the Labor party did not support changing the date, but Australians should spend the day reflecting on the "true history of this country".

Bennett finished by saying that a national conversation about Australia Day is an important chance for us to reflect on Australia's history alongside the history of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.

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The date has gained a lot of media coverage recently, with people on both sides of the debate arguing their point.

While no One Nation supporters chose "republic" as an answer, 3% of ALP, Greens and Coalition supporters picked it was the reason for Australia Day.

Triple J's Hottest 100 is arguably the best part of the day and if a date change is good enough for them, it's good enough for me. An array of celebrities and public figures including Karl Stefanovic have called for the day to be cancelled. January 26 is not that day.

What's clear is that for now, nothing will change, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying this week that he was "disappointed by those who want to change the date of Australia Day".

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