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Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

SOAP BOX: Australia Day poll shocking

SOAP BOX: Australia Day poll shocking

The poll of 1417 people was conducted after Australia's left-wing Greens announced that changing the date would be a priority of the party in 2018.

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.

Victorian Greens MP Lidia Thorpe has suggested flags be flown at half-mast on Australian Day in remembrance of atrocities committed against Indigenous people.

"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.

37% said they agreed the date was offensive to indigenous Australians, compared with 46% who disagreed, and a remainder who were unsure.

Bennett added that most Aussies are laid back when it comes to the specific date, but are more concerned that we celebrate it at some point.

As debate continues to grow around Australia Day and whether the date should be changed, a new survey has revealed more than one third of Australians don't know why festivities are held on January 26.

Councils play a significant role in Australia Day celebrations as the organiser of citizenship ceremonies and local events and festivals.

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Almost half of all Aussies polled believe current Australia Day date is not offensive

The government has repeatedly said the date should not be changed, and that a majority of Australians support it. We have got so much to be proud of and on Australia Day, is the day we are proud of being what we are: "Australians".

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

Their comments come after Tony Abbott described British settlement as "a very good thing" and attacked Bill Shorten for having a bet each way on the date of Australia Day. Do you think the date should be changed? "The national conversation about Australia Day is an opportunity for all of us to learn about and reflect on Australia's history", she said.

Burney also hit out at the Greens campaign to change the date, saying it could backfire.

"I'm on the record as supporting Australia Day staying on January 26", he told reporters in Melbourne.

Only 38% of those polled correctly identified the First Fleet landing at Sydney Cove as the "official" reason behind holding Australia Day on January 26.

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