Yesterday, with the support of PFLAG Australia, just.equal launched a survey of LGBTIQ Australians on the proposed postal vote on marriage equality.
This could impact the lives of LGBTIQ Australians so, understandably, they particularly want to know the views of as many LGBTIQ Australians as possible.
The government is calling this a “postal plebiscite”. That’s wrong.
- everyone on the electoral roll will get a voting paper and a reply paid envelope in the post
- if you aren’t enrolled, or don’t have a fixed address, you won’t get to vote
- it won’t be compulsory to complete and post the paper back
- there will be no way to check that the person named on the paper is the one who completed it, since you will complete it at home, or in the office, or on the train…
- of course, it’s very unlikely any ballots will be lost or misdirected by Australia Post
- we don’t know what the question will be or what legislation it will be asking us to endorse
- parliament will still have to pass a marriage equality bill, the result will change nothing
- politicians will be free to ignore the result if they disagree with it, as several have already said they will
- the result will not be accurate or representative