Rule Out New ‘Postal Plebiscite’, Marriage Equality Campaigners Say


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Marriage equality advocates have encouraged people to contact Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and their local MP to argue against a new proposal to hold a postal vote plebiscite on the reform.

The idea for a voluntary postal plebiscite has the backing of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, and the support of other government MPs according to reports.

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The plan would involve the Australian Electoral Commission mailing out ballots to voters who could voluntarily return them. The postal poll wouldn’t require legislation, and would sidestep the Senate where the government’s plebiscite legislation was blocked last November.

PFLAG national spokesperson Shelley Argent said the move was simply a tactic to delay marriage equality.

“A non-compulsory postal vote is an attempt to delay marriage equality and distract from a free vote,” she said.

“Worse still it is insulting and demeaning to our sons and daughters to have their rights decided by the efficiency of Australia Post.

“I urge everyone who wants to see marriage equality happen as quickly as possible to raise their voice against Dutton’s dodgy survey by sending an email through our new webform.”

Marriage equality supporters can access PFLAG and just.equal’s webform at demandafreevote.com.au to send an email to the Prime Minister and parliamentarians.

Veteran marriage equality advocate and just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome has slammed the postal vote as “inherently rigged” and said a message must be sent to the government to abandon the idea.

“A non-complusory postal vote is rigged against marriage equality because young people and softer supporters of marriage equality will be less likely to participate,” Mr Croome said.

“On top of this, the LGBTI community has already made it crystal clear it would rather wait for marriage equality than have a public vote marred by division and hate.”

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