More than 21,000 lo­cals will re­ceive mar­riage law sur­vey

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

ALL 21,237 el­i­gi­ble Ru­ral City of Wangaratta res­i­dents on the Com­mon­wealth Elec­toral Roll will re­ceive their Aus­tralian Mar­riage Law Postal Sur­vey ma­te­ri­als in the mail over the next two weeks.

The Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics (ABS) started the pro­gres­sive de­liv­ery of the non­com­pul­sory and non-bind­ing sur­vey to more than 16 mil­lion el­i­gi­ble Aus­tralians on Tues­day.

The sur­vey asks all el­i­gi­ble vot­ers to an­swer YES or NO to this ques­tion: Should the law be changed to al­low same-sex cou­ples to marry?

ABS deputy Aus­tralian statis­ti­cian and task­force lead, Jonathan Palmer, en­cour­aged peo­ple to com­plete their forms and re­turn them straight away us­ing the re­ply paid en­ve­lope pro­vided.

De­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the sur­vey is avail­able from www.mar­riagesur­vey.abs.gov.au or by call­ing the in­for­ma­tion line on 1800 572 113 from 8am to 8pm (AEST), seven days a week.

Re­sults of the Aus­tralian Mar­riage Law Postal Sur­vey will be pub­lished on the ABS web­site on Novem­ber 15.

Fed­eral in­de­pen­dent Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi), has al­ready flagged her sup­port for same-sex mar­riage.

And re­sults from an ABC ‘poll’ which asked 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple if “Mar­riage should only be be­tween a man and a woman?’ in­di­cate 55 per cent dis­agree - with the re­sults­for Indi in­di­cat­ing 64 per cent of re­spon­dents sup­port mar­riage equal­ity.

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