Be ready for mar­riage vote

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

RES­I­DENTS from El­len­brook and the Swan Val­ley turned out on Satur­day in Aveley to sup­port mar­riage equal­ity.

Swan Hills MLA Jes­sica Shaw hosted the event to en­sure as many peo­ple were en­rolled to vote in the up­com­ing postal survey and to sup­port the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity.

A fundrais­ing bar­be­cue raised more than $200 for Headspace’s LGBTIQ men­tal health pro­grams.

Ms Shaw said it was heart­en­ing to see so much sup­port.

“It was re­ally heart­en­ing to see such a fan­tas­tic turnout for mar­riage equal­ity. There is so much sup­port here in Swan Hills for our LGBTIQ com­mu­nity, from so many de­mo­graphic groups,” she said.

“Mar­riage equal­ity is a hu­man rights is­sue and this is well recog­nised across our com­mu­nity. Peo­ple con­sis­tently ex­press their sense of in­jus­tice to me that we fail to legally recog­nise the love be­tween two peo­ple, re­gard­less of their gen­der.

“Peo­ple are also very frus­trated that we’re wast­ing so much money on this process. I share their frus­tra­tion, but it’s vi­tal that we send a very clear mes­sage to Turn­bull, Ab­bott and the con­ser­va­tive Lib­eral that we want mar­riage equal­ity to be­come a re­al­ity and they should just get on with the job.”

She en­cour­aged peo­ple to check their en­rol­ment de­tails be­fore Au­gust 24.

“When the time comes and you’re asked if you sup­port mar­riage equal­ity in Aus­tralia, please say ‘yes’ - let’s make this hap­pen,” she said.

“Make sure that you’re en­rolled to vote at your cur­rent ad­dress be­fore Thurs­day the 24th in or­der to re­ceive your postal bal­lot.”

Se­na­tor Louise Pratt was at the event and spoke about the im­por­tance of tak­ing part in the up­com­ing vote.

“There’s noth­ing fair about the postal survey that’s tak­ing place,” she said.

“LGBTIQ Aus­tralians should not have to go door-to-door ask­ing for their equal rights, es­pe­cially when the plebiscite isn’t bind­ing on our Par­lia­ment.

“The best way to fight back against this un­fair­ness is to de­liver a re­sound­ing ‘Yes’ in favour of mar­riage equal­ity.”

Com­mu­nity mem­bers can check or change their en­rol­ment at www.aec.gov.au or visit Jes­sica Shaw’s of­fice.

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