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Most Australians don’t even know what Australia Day stands for

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The majority of Australians say Australia Day is important to them, but less than half of those know what January 26 actually represents.

A new survey has found 7/10 people think the date is important, but only 43 per cent could correctly identify that it marked the arrival of the First Fleet.

20 per cent said they thought it marked the day Captain Cook set his sights on Australia, with 1/6 saying it marked federation.

Some even believed it was the date of the Gallipoli landings.

There’s increasing pressure to change the date of Australia Day due to the pain it causes some indigenous Australians.

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