SOAP BOX: Australia Day poll shocking

Violet Powell
January 20, 2018

"I can respect that different people have different views, you're not going to see me sneering at Indigenous Australians who want to have a discussion about a different date for Australia Day", he said. "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".

Many Australians wouldn't mind if Australia Day was shifted to a new date and most don't know why it is held on January 26, a new poll shows.

A social movement to change the date of Australia Day has gripped the country in recent years, with supporters arguing January 26, is disrespectful to Indigenous Australians, given the horrific treatment many were subjected to under British colonisation.

"When asked to choose which date Australia Day should be celebrated on, less than a quarter (23 per cent) chose the current date from a range of options", she said.

"British settlement was a very good thing, it wasn't good immediately for everyone but the country, the modern Australia that emerged from British settlement stemming from the 26th of January 1788, is something that all of us on balance can and should be proud of", Mr Abbott told 2GB radio. January 26 is commonly called "Survival Day" or "Invasion Day" by many Aboriginal Australians, as well as by those who support changing the date.

Most WA councils have reaffirmed their intention to retain the official date for celebrations and citizenship ceremonies.

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The poll also found that less than half of respondents were able to identify the arrival of the First Fleet as the reason that Australia Day is celebrated on January 26.

"I think it is inevitable that we will become a republic", Wyatt said.

Labor Leader Bill Shorten tried to have a bet each way when asked about the issue on Thursday.

"We will continue to work with the AESG to find ways that can be more inclusive of Indigenous Australians and implement the Town's upcoming Reconciliation Action Plan", he said.

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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