• October 25, 2017

As the deadline looms to get marriage equality surveys in the post, advocates have issued a plea to Tasmanian young people to stand up and be counted.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that almost three quarters of eligible Australians have already voted, but polling suggests participation among those under 35 is barely at 60 per cent.

With the overwhelming majority of young people supportive of marriage equality, their participation is expected to have a significant impact on the final result.

College student, Sam Watson, told young people that there is still time to make their voices heard.

“Never before have young Australians had so much power to determine the fate of a nation,” said Mr Watson.

“I urge every young Tasmanian who is yet to vote to dig their survey off the kitchen bench, or from the back of the car or wherever it has been laying around, tick yes and put it in the post today – a fairer future is in your hands.”

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has advised voters to get their surveys in the post by tomorrow (Friday 27th October) to ensure it arrives before the final cut-off date on Tuesday 7th November.

Mr Croome said he was one of many Tasmanians who had only just received a replacement survey, demonstrating that there are still plenty of votes yet to be cast.

“We’re hoping that a final surge of voting will help deliver a decisive result in favour of marriage equality.

“What many people don’t realise is that the fight for marriage equality won’t be over on the 15th of November when we get the survey results.

“The Government will then need to negotiate the legislation to enact marriage equality and “no” campaigners are already lobbying for provisions that would enshrine unacceptable discrimination against LGBTQI people.

“Every single “yes” vote is a message to the Government that Australians will not tolerate delays or political games with the fundamental rights of LGBTQI people.”