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Nov 14, 2017

Postal vote parties: how will Australia mark the end of the marriage equality survey?

Activists find fun ways to mark the occasion for tomorrow's announcement of the marriage equality survey results.

Sally Whyte — Political reporter

Sally Whyte

Political reporter

Australians have their traditions when it comes to voting in an election and watching the results roll in on the Saturday night -- from munching on democracy sausages, to watching how long it takes for the ABC's Antony Green to call a winner after polls close. But we've never had to participate in a postal survey on an issue of policy, so activists have found other ways to mark the occasion.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the results of the marriage equality postal survey at 10am on Wednesday, at a press conference at the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Belconnen, Canberra, to be broadcast live by TV networks. They will be read by Australian Statistician David Kalisch, who has promised that he won't be taking too long to make the outcome known. So how will activists on both sides of the debate celebrate or commiserate when the results come in? The Yes campaign has planned parties all over the country, some to take place during the day, and many others to start as workers leave their desks at 5pm.

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  1. old greybearded one

    I’ll celebrate the end of the lying scum no campaign.

  2. zut alors

    This is bitter-sweet. All the celebrating & joy engendered by a successful ‘yes’ result will be followed by a homophobic intra-LNP gutter fight bleating about ‘protections’ for society.

  3. mikeb

    Will I have to have sex with a man and marry my budgie if the YES vote wins? /s

    1. zut alors

      Definitely. And you must comply with both by 1st December if you wish to be eligible to run for federal parliament.

      1. SARAH BACON

        .. And cancel Christmas! Guffaw. No dramas: ‘our’ Christmas is same time as Mardi Grad anyway!

        1. SARAH BACON

          Oops! Mardi GraS!!

  4. AR

    It still remains to be seen, assuming (without evidence) that the YES case wins & SSM legislation passes through (or is even tabled) once the trog/bigot brigade move on to Stage 2, endless unacceptable amendments to enabling legislation, what difference that will make to daily life.
    Will a homophobe suddenly invite the sodomist couple next door round for a BBQ or the ladies’ koffe-klatch the sapphists?

  5. klewso

    Thanks Malcolm – $122,000,000+ to find out what we already knew?
    That’s $122,000,000+ to indulge your ego (when other “promises” are expendable?) that could have been saved and spent elsewhere (needed), if the same process that Howard used in 2004 (with members of this same government in attendance), had been used to put things right, after that dog act.
    Meanwhile two (Abetz) “democracies” in this country – one for the people and one for parliament?
    Now let the games begin – as those members vote for their conscience and not for their constituents?
    “Constituents” :- the people that voted for them to represent them in parliament – not to indulge their ego. The people that pay their way.
    If they can’t represent the wishes of those constituents, and vote accordingly (as paid), will we see their sacred conscience dictate they get out of the way and parliament?

  6. zut alors

    Much euphoria today as sanity prevails.

    How thrilling to see Abbott’s Warringah voted 75% ‘yes’. Irrefutable proof of how out of touch he is with his electorate.

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