Magda Szubanski has shared a heartbreaking story of inequality as she urged Australians to enrol to vote in the same-sex marriage survey before the August 24 deadline.
Five years after she came out on Channel Ten’s The Project, Szubanski returned to the show to give a powerful speech about the effects Australia’s delay to legislate the reform has had on same-sex couples.
“More than half a decade later, I’m still making these arguments. I don’t want to hear the sound of my own voice about this anymore,” Szubanski told the program on Wednesday night.
She continued, fighting back tears: “It’s not just about love, it’s about illness and death, that’s when it really comes to the crunch. A friend of mine … her long term partner, had cancer.
“She wanted to be in the room with her when she was having painful treatment and the doctor said ‘next of kin only — parents, siblings, no spouses’.
“She wasn’t allowed in and she had to stand outside and listen to the screams of the woman she loved, unable to even comfort her. In whose universe is that fair? What God thinks that’s right?”
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Australians have just hours to go before the cutoff at midnight on August 24 to enrol or update their details at the Australian Electoral Commission website to ensure they receive a survey form for next month’s postal vote on the issue.
Szubanski urged anyone who hasn’t enrolled to vote to do so, and called on young people in particular to enrol and make Australia fairer.
“I think young people are really passionate about ideals. They really care. But they feel disillusioned because we see so much of politics is people winning points and trying to stay in power and then when they get in power not really doing things that they really believe in or that really matter.
“This is something that I learnt from my family, in these dark times and moments of despair, that is when you do not give up the fight. That is when you enrol.
“That is when you do everything that you can to make the world the fairest place you can, because I guarantee you, even if you are not LBGTQI, your brother, your sister, your children, your grandchildren, your nieces or nephews will be and you are deciding now what sort of a world we will create for them.
“We have this extraordinary country. We have such peace here. We have harmony. It will cost us nothing. Please shape the country, make it a fair, wonderful place.”