Australia Day poll shocking — SOAP BOX

The polling shows that most Australians don't know what historical event Australia Day commemorates and most people are not aware it wasn't always celebrated on this date.

"Australia has never undertaken a national truth and reconciliation process", Siewert wrote to the councils.

The survey suggests 84 per cent of Australians believe it's important to celebrate the nation with a national day of commemoration and celebration, but just 56 per cent of people don't particularly mind which day the festivities are held.

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

"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. Do you think the date should be changed?

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

The call to arms was slammed by many on both sides of politics, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who yesterday accused Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of being silent on the issue. We've achieved all of that, living together in remarkable harmony.

Australia Day - frequently referred to as Invasion Day by indigenous groups - has been a point of contention of late with many believing the date should be changed as it serves as a reminder of suffering.

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"He'd be the only Indigenous Australian who has said to me", he told AM.

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".

While just under half (49%) chose an answer relating to the First Fleet, that means the other half didn't make the connection with the beginning of Australia's European history, with 19% choosing events that occurred before the First Fleet's arrival, including Europeans first landing in Australia (8%) and Captain Cook sighting Australia (7%).

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

"I can tell you there would be no-one, as a fact".

The survey of 1,417 Australians last December by the left-leaning Australia Institute reveals shocking levels of ignorance about the country's history and the inspiration behind the choice for the country's national day.

One commercial shows a little girl giving her mum a "Happy Australia Day" card, only to have it thrown in the bin because it isn't politically correct to celebrate the date.

Late past year, youth radio station Triple J made headlines when it announced the annual Hottest 100 countdown would be moved away from January 26 following a listener survey.

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