Broad: Bal­ance es­sen­tial

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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’

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