Another 800,000 Postal Survey Forms Were Mailed Last Week

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced that almost 12.3 million Australians had returned their marriage survey forms by last Friday.

More than two-thirds of Australians have returned their forms and cast a vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced on Tuesday they’d received an estimated 10.8 million forms – 67.5 per cent of the total – by last Friday, up from 10 million the previous week.

The Equality Campaign spokesperson Shirleene Robinson said the increasing number of returned forms “confirms that Australians want to get this done.”

“The result today shows that even though Australians live busy lives they haven’t forgotten their LGBTI family and friends and their fight to be treated equally before the law,” she said.

The ABS is urging eligible Australians who haven’t yet done so to complete and return their Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey by October 27 to have their view counted.

ABS Deputy Statistician Jonathan Palmer said they wanted to the highest participation rate possible for the voluntary survey.

“If you’ve filled out your form but it’s still in your car, handbag or on your kitchen bench, time is running out, so post it back today,” he said.

“We strongly recommend that you post back your completed forms straight away and certainly no later than 27 October to make sure you have your say.”

If you need a replacement survey form, you have until this Friday to request one from the ABS.

Eligible Australians overseas can participate by using a 16-digit Secure Access Code to submit a response online or by phone, or ask a trusted person in Australia to fill in the form on their behalf.

More information about participating in the survey while overseas is available at the ABS website.

The results of the survey will be announced by the ABS on November 15.

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