Australia kicks off postal vote to decide on legalising same-sex marriage

Kristopher Drake
September 16, 2017

Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson reiterated her support for same-sex marriage urging people to vote yes.

The poll illustrates why parliament should simply vote to approve same-sex marriage without holding the national ballot, said opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten, though he urged a "yes" vote.

The ABS will not count any votes received after 6pm on November 7, and will announce the survey result on November 15.

"We have undertaken a thorough review ahead of delivering the survey and will have additional security measures in place during the process", an Australia Post spokesperson told The New Daily.

He's a critic of same sex marriage even though the Australian Broadcasting Corporation cites a recent survey showing 70 percent of his constituents favor it.

The legislation was introduced because the survey is not covered by the usual safeguards governing elections in Australia. "We are absolutely committed to legislating for marriage equality", he said.

But two past conservative prime ministers, Tony Abbott, who remains a government lawmaker, and John Howard, both oppose the change.

Doodled survey papers will still be counted as a formal vote, as long as they have a readable "yes" or "no" vote, according to an article by Buzzfeed.

Both sides of the debate fired the starting guns on Thursday afternoon, promising to run respectful campaigns.

RESIDENTS in the Northern Rivers have jumped on-board a nation-wide Yes Equality campaign inviting Australians to gather in their town and call their friends, neighbours, and complete strangers to ask them to vote Yes.

However, Christopher Brohier from Coalition for Marriage said each group had the right to express its views in a respectful and logical manner.

"We call on all leaders of the Church who are encouraging a "no" vote to publicly reject Mr Shelton's unsafe and damaging words".

The story Postal survey cleared by High Court to settle same-sex marriage "once and for all" first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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