By JAMIE KRONBORG
ALPINE communities’ responses to the federal government’s Australian marriage law postal survey will not be identified within the wider results for the federal electorate of Indi.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has confirmed that aggregated responses of eligible voters in a postcode district will not be distinguished in the results to be published for each electorate – and the nation – on November 15.
Only the total ‘yes’, ‘no’ and unclear responses from each electorate will be published, together with the results for each state and territory.
The ABS will also report a count of eligible voters who do not participate in the survey which, unlike federal, state and most local government elections, is not compulsory.
Information from the Commonwealth electoral roll will additionally be used independently to produce a report on survey participation rate in each electorate by the age and gender of respondents, starting with 18-19 year-olds, then 20-24 year-olds, and in five-year age brackets thereafter.
The ABS on Monday confirmed that more than 16 million survey forms had been mailed and should by now have been received by all eligible voters.