Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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