Five mil­lion yet to tick box on same-sex mar­riage

Daily Mercury - - NEWS | OPINION | YOUR SAY - BY GE­ORGE

MANY think the vote on chang­ing the def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage is pretty much done and dusted by now.

I have been told ‘ev­ery­one’s al­ready voted’.

But that’s def­i­nitely not the case.

The lat­est up­date from the Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Statis­tics has re­vealed that about 10 mil­lion Aus­tralians, or 62.5 per cent, have voted.

As there are about

15.7 mil­lion el­i­gi­ble vot­ers in this coun­try, that leaves a good five mil­lion who haven’t.

That’s a siz­able num­ber in any­one’s books.

So why should you bother?

Re­gard­less of how you want to vote, the short an­swer is that you should bother be­cause it’s so im­por­tant.

There’s also just a week to go to re­quest another form in case you have lost or tossed yours.

Gov­ern­ments don’t hold ref­er­en­dums, plebiscites or na­tional sur­veys ev­ery day. When they do oc­cur, it means there’s an is­sue of na­tional im­por­tance to be de­cided.

And for our democ­racy to work as ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble, peo­ple should trea­sure that op­por­tu­nity rather than squan­der it.

There have been just three plebiscites held in our na­tion’s al­most 120-year his­tory, and 44 ref­er­en­dums.

Ev­ery tick in the ap­pro­pri­ate box adds to the weight of the count as we move to­wards re­solv­ing this is­sue on chang­ing the def­i­ni­tion of the bedrock in­sti­tu­tion of mar­riage.

Ob­jec­tions about ev­ery as­pect of this sur­vey con­tinue.

Some are more rea­son­able than oth­ers.

“I’m sick of hear­ing about it. Just do it!”

That is ex­actly what this gov­ern­ment tried to do in Fe­bru­ary this year but La­bor canned the process for a plebiscite in the Se­nate and hence we’re still work­ing to re­solve the is­sue.

“Politi­cians just ‘do your job’!”

Ev­ery tick in the ap­pro­pri­ate box adds to the weight of the count

Well our ‘job’ is to re­spect and rep­re­sent the views of peo­ple in our elec­torate.

The best way to do that is by ask­ing what they think. I be­lieve most peo­ple want a say on an is­sue as fun­da­men­tal as this, rather than leav­ing it all up to 226 politi­cians in Can­berra.

I want ev­ery­one in Daw­son to have their say, and as I have clearly stated pre­vi­ously, I will not vote against their view.

“Mar­riage has noth­ing to do with gen­der”

Ummm, well yes it does. This is re­ally the crux of what is be­ing de­cided here.

“This is just about equal­ity”

Sadly it’s only about ‘equal­ity’ if you agree with those who make this claim. If you hold a dif­fer­ent view get ready for the tirade from the ‘love is love’ crew.

“You’re still fat”, “You’re il­lit­er­ate”, “You’re spread­ing hate”, “You’re scare­mon­ger­ing”.

You can’t lis­ten to a dif­fer­ent point of view.

“Mar­riage equal­ity will have zero im­pact on the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem”

Ev­i­dence from over­seas coun­tries sug­gests that it will.

Of course not all who are in favour of chang­ing the def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage have other agen­das but the core mil­i­tants most cer­tainly do.

They push gen­der de­con­struc­tion and they will push for this to be taught in all schools, both state and pri­vate.

They’re al­ready push­ing through pro­grams like the un­safe Safe Schools, and chang­ing the def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage will add fur­ther weight to their cause.

There has been a strong early turnout of vot­ers for this postal sur­vey and that means peo­ple care about the out­come.

But I re­peat my ear­lier plea.

If you’re one of the five mil­lion or so who haven’t voted, I en­cour­age you to make your vote count.

You can hardly com­plain about what­ever the out­come might be if you don’t ex­er­cise your demo­cratic right to have your say.

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