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Lismore resident Ros Jennings and former councillor Simon Clough, and former mayor Jenny Dowell at the Marriage Equality stand at the Lismore Car Boot Market yesterday.
Lismore resident Ros Jennings and former councillor Simon Clough, and former mayor Jenny Dowell at the Marriage Equality stand at the Lismore Car Boot Market yesterday.

People not on the electoral roll have just three days to enrol to ensure they can have their say in the marriage equality postal survey.

Volunteers including former Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell, former councillor Simon Clough, Lismore resident Ros Jennings were on hand at the Lismore Car Boot Market yesterday to ensure that everyone could have their say on the issue.

A steady stream of people visited the marriage equality stall, with many purchasing t-shirts and badges to show their support for a yes vote.

Ms Dowell said it was important for anyone wanting to vote in the postal survey to make sure they updated their address if they had recently moved house, or enrol to vote if they were not already enrolled.

People can enrol to vote up until Thursday, 24 August.

Ms Dowell said registering could be done online, or if people were planning to post their enrolment, they should do it today to ensure if arrived at the electoral office on time.

And while it is expected that the papers for the vote will be sent out after September 12, that date depends on a hearing in the High Court over the legality of the postal vote.

If the High Court gives the go-ahead, Australians will be asked to vote on whether or not they believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

The postal survey will only ask a single question and that question can only be answered with a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’. The question that will be posed in the survey is: ‘Do you support a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry?’

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be conducting the postal survey, which is expected to cost up to $122 million.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Note that Australia Post can take over 7 days to ‘post snail mail’ from one city to another even when they’re
    in the same state. Express post is the only way to get your change of address or enrolment there on time.
    It can be done ‘online’ but you may find – as many have done – that the site is often “down”. Marriage
    Equality ‘yes’ & ‘no’ will (should the High Court give the go-ahead) cost a crazy sum of money. Still, there
    can be no ‘cost’ too high to pay for Social Justice & Human Rights. That’s simply my opinion.

  2. This issue is about legal equality – a basic aspect of human rights.

    There’s never been a national debate about the legality of heterosexual marriage, so ask yourself how unfair it is for same-sex marriage, relationships and indeed non-heterosexual people’s lives to be debated.

    When the federal parliament enacts the relevant amendment to the Marriage Act I will then have the rightto say “Thanks, but no thanks”. Currently that right is denied.

    Regardless of your political affiliation, sexuality, or religion please enrol and please vote YES to protect Australian human rights.

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