The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced that an estimated 10 million Australians have returned their same-sex marriage postal survey forms.
The ABS announced that of the 16 million same-sex marriage postal survey forms sent out to eligible voters, by last Friday an estimated 10.0 million (62.5 per cent) survey forms – an increase of 800,000 forms since the previous week.
The Equality Campaign co-chair Anna Brown said
“The estimate is based on Australia Post’s count of bulk containers of returned forms and not exact count individual forms.”
The Equality Campaign on Tuesday urged the millions of Australians yet to post their same-sex marriage postal surveys to get them in the mail.
This will need to be before the ABS’ recommended deadline of October 27.
“We have an opportunity to reflect the values that we already live by thus need as many surveys returned.”
“It is so important that Australians of all ages return their postal surveys. This is not the time to be complacent.
“There are still so many surveys to return so post yours and remind your friends and family to do the same.”
If you need a replacement survey form, there are ten days left to request one from the ABS.
Eligible Australians overseas can participate in the same-sex marriage postal survey by using a 16-digit Secure Access Code.
To submit a response online, phone or ask a trusted person to fill in the form on their behalf.
More information about participating in the survey while overseas is available on the ABS website.
The postal survey needs to be posted by October 27, the deadline is on the November 7.
The results announced on November 15.