55pc now support date change, according to ABC

The majority of Australians now support changing the date of Australia Day from January 26 because of its “historical significance to indigenous peoples,” according to the national broadcaster.

According to ABC Australia Survey, the number of people who agree the date should be changed has increased by 12 percentage points since 2019, which is one of the biggest changes in public opinion between the two surveys.

Fifty-five percent of the 17,351 respondents now agree with the following statement: “Australia Day should not be celebrated on January 26, given the historic significance of this date to indigenous peoples. “.

Of those, 39% said they strongly agree, also a marked change from the 28% who were strongly in favor of the date change in 2019.

January 26, which commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 to found the colony of New South Wales, has been an annual public holiday since 1994.

For some aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, the so-called “invasion day” marks the beginning of dispossession from European settlers.

Calls to change the January 26 date have increased over the past five years.

Indigenous businesswoman Shelley Reys, who served as Reconciliation Australia’s first co-chair, told the ABC the change in attitude towards Australia Day shows the country “is growing and maturing as a reconciled nation” .

“It doesn’t mean we’ve come to this – we still have a long way to go – but I think the maturity shows that we are now thinking about the relationship between [Indigenous and non-Indigenous people] and how we fix the relationship, ”she said.

“Part of that is understanding the other’s point of view, and in this case it’s January 26, and maybe changing that date.”

“Most comprehensive survey ever conducted”

Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt told the broadcaster he was not in favor of the date change, saying it was “a day to celebrate Indigenous, British and multicultural history and look forward in unity with the determination to build a stronger and more rewarding Australia for all “.

He also questioned the ABC’s survey methodology.

Gerard Henderson, columnist with the australian, has already criticized the Australian talks investigation as “intellectually dishonest”, claiming that those interviewed were part of the “ABC family” because they were viewers or readers of ABC.

An ABC spokeswoman rejected the suggestion that the survey only represented ABC viewers.

“It is an understandable misconception that Australia Talks reflects the views of existing ABC audiences – but it is not,” she said.

“Australia Talks is in fact possibly the most comprehensive and representative survey of the attitudes of all Australians on this variety of topics that has never been conducted.”

She said the latest survey included “over 60,000 Australians from every federal electorate in every state and territory, including a representative sample of Australians who is fully representative of modern Australia.”

“The participants were chosen from those who completed the interactive online Vote Compass app – this is a large group, and we know it goes beyond the traditional ABC audience because of the way Vote Compass reaches different audience segments on social media, ”she said.

“A series of statistical weights before and after stratification were then applied to the sample in order to model inferences representative of the entire Australian population.

“The weights control, for example, for selection effects using the census and other population-level estimates for sex, age, education, language, geography and partisanship (in depending on the choice of vote in the 2019 federal election). “

“Person in charge” at ABC

The results of the Australia Talks survey stand in stark contrast to those of two recent polls which found the Australian public reluctant to change the date.

An Ipsos survey of 1,222 people nationwide, conducted for The Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers in January, found that less than a third of Australians supported the move, while almost half opposed it.

Another poll of 1,038 people, conducted by research firm Dynata on behalf of the conservative think tank Institute of Public Affairs, suggested 69% were in favor of celebrating Australia Day on January 26. , while only 11% thought the date should be changed.

The IPA poll was the fourth year she asked the question.

During that time, support for Jan. 26 rose from 75 percent and 69 percent, but the percentage wanting to change the date has remained stable at around 11 percent.

IPA communications director Evan Mulholland called the wording of the ABC inquiry’s question “deep scrutiny,” saying it “highlights the animosity of ABC staff towards Australians and the Australian way of life ”.

“Australia Talks found out that Australians are racist and now they don’t value our National Day – exactly the kind of obsessions you would get from a taxpayer-funded giant downtown and not under market pressure private media, ”he said. mentionned.

“The management of ABC claims to have control over selection bias, but it is clear from what they have decided to ask that ABC is a collective run by staff with no one in charge. You will never hear the ABC talk about what unites Australians, our spirit of egalitarianism and our love for our country.

Mr Mulholland pointed to the CBA’s ’embarrassing setback’ earlier this year after an article used the words ‘Australia Day’ and “Invasion Day” indifferently.

“The ABC is a collective of staff obsessed with identity politics and driven by the agenda we pay for,” he said. “It is high time we had an honest debate on privatizing ABC or transforming it into an opt-in subscription service.”

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