Broad: Balance essential
Member for Mallee Andrew Broad has fallen short of confirming how he would vote if a same-sex marriage Bill went before Federal Parliament.
But in a prepared statement in response to a landslide ‘yes’ vote in a national postal survey he described the result as a ‘direction to the Australian Parliament’.
“A large number of Australians participated in the postal survey regarding changes to the Marriage Act. There will be some Australians who are pleased with the result and some who will be displeased,” he said.
“I have been impressed by the decent manner in which the people of the Wimmera, Mallee and Mildura have conducted themselves. The result gives direction to the Australian Parliament.
“It will now require the wisdom of Members of Parliament to work through the legislation to ensure there is balance between honoring the result and ensuring freedoms are available and maintained.”
In the $122-million Australian postal survey involving 12,727,920 people, or 79.5 percent of the eligible voting population, 61.6 percent voted ‘yes’ and 38.4 percent ‘no’.
In Mallee electorate, of the 78,290 voters who took part in the survey, 42,595 or 54.3 percent voted ‘yes’ and 35,795 or 45.7 percent voted ‘no’