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Barbeques and black armbands: Australians’ attitudes to Australia Day

National days Australian history Public opinion Australia

Life in Australia (TM) is owned and operated by the Social Research Centre and is Australia’s only probability-based online panel and one of only several such panels in the world.

The ‘Australia Day’ questions were asked of panel members from 19 November to 3 December 2018. In total 2,752 panel members were invited to take part in the survey and 2,167 (78.7%) completed the survey.

The survey questions were not designed simply to explore whether Australians are in favour of or opposed to changing the date of our national day. Questions were also asked, among those opposed to 26 January as our national day, to measure support for other days/dates, and, importantly, to try to better understand the aspects of our culture and heritage that are most strongly associated with Australia Day.

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