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The marriage equality banner being erected near Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Photo AME
The marriage equality banner being erected near Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Photo AME

Today commuters in Tweed will be greeted by an eight-metre long banner in support of the YES vote for Marriage Equality.

Tweed Equality Campaign spokesperson Peter Waters said, ‘Our message is that LGBTI Australians live, work and participate in regional and rural areas. We are your neighbours, friends, employees, employers and customers.

‘When Tweed locals drive through town they will be reminded that this is not a faraway campaign in the big cities, but that we are asking for their support as locals. We believe that our gay and lesbian community members, family, friends and neighbours should have the same opportunity to marry as everyone else.’

Cam Hogan, the North Coast Equality Campaign spokesperson, added, ‘We’re encouraging everyone to open their mail today, tick YES and send it back as soon as they can. We hope that the banner reminds people driving home tonight how it important it is that they vote now, and vote YES.

‘This postal survey is about one thing only, and that is giving every Australian the right to marry the person they love.

‘We want this banner to show LGBTI people across Tweed that they are not alone during this challenging time and encourage everyone to vote YES.’

Tweed residents can support the YES Campaign for Marriage Equality by:

  1. Pledging their YES vote
  2. Host a calling party!
  3. Door knock around Tweed with your mates
  4. Help Australian family and friends living overseas by voting as a trusted person on their behalf

Mail-out on track

Meanwhile the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has confirmed the progressive mail-out of the survey is proceeding to schedule and is on track to deliver survey materials to all eligible Australians by 25 September 2017.

ABS Deputy Australian Statistician and Taskforce Lead, Jonathan Palmer said people who hadn’t received their forms should wait until 25 September before requesting new survey materials.

‘We’re aware that there are people who’ve moved house and haven’t updated their address on the Electoral Roll.

‘To make sure they have their say, they can update their address by contacting the ABS via our website – http://www.marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au– or by calling the Information Line on 1800 572 113.

‘A replacement form will be sent to their current address and the form sent to their old address will be made invalid,’ he said.

‘After 25 September, people who haven’t received their survey materials can also request new materials via the ABS website or the Information Line.

‘The survey materials will contain a new survey form, a Reply Paid envelope and instructions on how to complete the survey,’ he said.

Mr Palmer said the ABS was also aware of media reports of people opening former tenants’ mail and returning their completed survey forms.

‘If you receive a survey form not addressed to you, do the right thing and just return it to sender. It’s illegal to open others’ mail, unless you have their express permission as a trusted person,’ he said.

‘When a replacement form is issued, the previous form will be invalidated and if it has been received its response will not be counted.

‘Stealing or tampering with mail is a criminal offence that carries serious penalties,’ he said.

Key dates for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey:

If you’ve moved home or have a damaged or spoiled form, call now to request replacement survey materials.

Mail-out of Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey materials completed by 25 September 2017.

Requests for new survey materials open 25 September and close on Friday 20 October 2017, at 6pm (local time).

To ensure your response counts, send your survey back straight away.

Results published on the ABS website on 15 November 2017.

 


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