SSM vot­ing bat­tle hits new heights

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

CO­ME­DIAN Magda Szuban­ski hopes Aus­tralians can “find it in their hearts” to vote yes in the same-sex mar­riage postal sur­vey, as both sides of the de­bate launched their of­fi­cial cam­paigns over the week­end.

In Syd­ney, a sky-writ­ten “Vote No” turned heads above the city mid­morn­ing yes­ter­day just as Yes cam­paign­ers — in­clud­ing for­mer prime min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott’s sis­ter Chris­tine Forster — gath­ered at Le­ichardt to launch their cam­paign. Speak­ing at the Syd­ney launch, Ms Forster, a Lib­eral coun­cil­lor, ac­cused the No cam­paign of try­ing to con­fuse vot­ers. “The No cam­paign is try­ing to muddy the wa­ters with is­sues that are not re­lated,” she said.

Coali­tion for Mar­riage spokes­woman Mon­ica Doumit said the sky­writ­ing was not or­gan­ised by of­fi­cial cam­paign­ers, but likely to have come from “grass­roots” ad­vo­cates.

“It was lovely to see peo­ple start­ing to feel more con­fi­dent about speak­ing up,” she said.

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