Essential Report

Australia Day

Jan 28, 2015

Q. Monday 26th January is Australia Day. Will you personally be doing anything to celebrate Australia Day or do you treat it as just a public holiday?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

Jan 2010

Jan 2013

Jan 2014

Doing something to celebrate Australia Day

40%

37%

45%

25%

47%

40%

41%

37%

Just a public holiday

41%

44%

35%

61%

34%

40%

43%

44%

Working – don’t get the Australia Day holiday

7%

7%

8%

6%

6%

6%

7%

7%

Don’t know

12%

12%

12%

8%

13%

14%

9%

11%

40% said they will be doing something to celebrate Australia Day, 41% treat Australia Day as just a public holiday and 7% are working because they don’t get the Australia Day holiday. This represents a small rise in the percentage of those celebrating Australia Day since last year.

Those aged 55+ were more likely than those in other age groups to be doing something to celebrate Australia Day (45%). 50% of those with university education and 47% of those aged 25-44 treat it as just another public holiday.

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