Be ready for marriage vote
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.