One of the topics that’s exercised the pollies and others over the summer has been the date Australia Day is celebrated.
Poll results released today by the Canberra think-tank The Australia Institute has shown that 56 per cent of Australians don’t mind when it’s held, provided there is a national day of celebration.
Less than half of poll respondents identified the First Fleet arriving in Sydney Cove in 1788 as the reason why January 26 is the current date. But nearly half – 49 per cent – of those surveyed believed Australia Day shouldn’t be on a date that is offensive to Indigenous Australians.
No clear answer emerged as to what date would be better, if Australia Day was moved. Some people chose when Australia was named, or events that haven’t occurred yet, such as signing a treaty with Indigenous people or when Australia becomes a republic.
Do you think Australia should pick another date for its national day of celebration and, if so, what should it be?