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It turns out most Aussies don't mind when Australia Day is held

As long as we get a public holiday and it doesn’t offend others.

By Jessica Chandra

Speaking very generally, a lot of people view Australia Day as another public holiday, but one where you exercise a bit more patriotism — you know, have Vegemite toast, eat a lamington, or wear something that bears the Australian flag on it.

But as anyone who's had to learn about Australian history knows, the date January 26 marks the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove in 1788 — which is why this particular date is offensive to Aboriginal Australians, who refer to it as Invasion Day or Survival Day.

Over the past few years there's been increased debate about whether Australia Day should still be held on January 26 — Triple J has even changed the date of their Hottest 100 countdown, traditionally held on January 26, as a sign of respect. Some people have even put forward other suggestions, like January 1 (Federation Day, when the six British self-governing colonies joined up to become the Commonwealth of Australia) or March 20 (when Canberra was chosen as the capital city), as two examples.

The Australia Institute in Canberra recently conducted a survey to gauge exactly how Aussies felt about the date, polling 1,417 people from December 5 to 7 last year.

According to the poll, 56 per cent of Australians don't care when it's held, as long as there's a national day of celebration (AKA we get a day off).

About half of the people surveyed — 49 per cent — said Australia Day shouldn't be held on a date that's offensive to Aboriginal Australians, but only 37 per cent thought the date was offensive.

The Greens have launched another push to change the date from January 26, even recruiting former Home and Away actress Isabel Lucas to join their line-up of Aussies calling for change.

However, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has remained adamant that his government won't change the date. "I'm disappointed by those who want to change the date of Australia Day," he said in a video.

"Australia Day is Australia's Day — a day when we come together and celebrate our nation and all of its history."