Marriage equal­ity views evenly split

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Bar­clay White

Opin­ion polls have pre­dicted the ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralians are in favour of a change in marriage laws, but closer to home views are more evenly split.

As the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics sends out mil­lions of vot­ing forms on the same-sex marriage sur­vey, peo­ple across the Mur­ray elec­torate will soon get the chance to have their say.

Ac­cord­ing to data from ABC’s Vote Com­pass, 55 per cent of peo­ple in the elec­torate of Mur­ray sup­port same-sex marriage.

The data was col­lected dur­ing a widerang­ing web sur­vey on po­lit­i­cal is­sues dur­ing last year’s fed­eral elec­tion.

Across Australia ur­ban in­ner-city elec­torates tended to be more in favour, while re­gional elec­torates were more op­posed.

The elec­torate of Syd­ney recorded the high­est sup­port for same-sex marriage at 79 per cent, while ru­ral Mara­noa recorded the low­est with just 42 per cent in sup­port.

GV Pride sec­re­tary Damien Stevens said the lo­cal data showed that sup­port­ers of marriage equal­ity should not take a ‘‘yes’’ vic­tory for granted.

‘‘When the sur­vey ar­rives, vote for love, don’t just leave the let­ter sit­ting on the kitchen bench,’’ Mr Stevens said.

With de­bate heat­ing up over the sur­vey, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and La­bor have agreed on tem­po­rary laws to pro­tect against hate speech.

Vot­ers will have un­til Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27, to mail off their sur­vey bal­lot to en­sure it is re­ceived by the ABS for the Novem­ber 7 cut-off.

Re­sults will be pub­lished on the ABS web­site on Novem­ber 15.

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