Media Release
Wednesday August 2nd 2017


Equality advocates say national research released today showing a dramatic increase in support for LGBTI equality since 2005 makes a marriage equality plebiscite unnecessary and is more accurate than a postal vote.

The annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey by the University of Melbourne was released today showing support for equality for same-sex couples has gone from 38% in 2005 to just under two thirds today.

Just.equal spokesperson, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, said,

"This independent, government-funded research accurately reflects growing and unequivocal support for marriage equality and shows why it would be a waste of time and money to have a plebiscite on the issue."

"The research is far more accurate than a postal vote could ever be and is enough to show Australians want marriage equality."
"The Government should acknowledge this research as the snapshot of the nation's attitudes it says is required before advancing to a free vote in parliament."

Mr Hinton-Teoh said it is now time for politicians to vote on marriage equality instead of squabbling about public opinion.

"The research released today underlines why the continued policy of obstruction is untenable - and a free vote is the only way forward for the government and the nation"
For a report on the HILDA results, click here
For a copy of this statement on the web, click here

For more information contact Ivan Hinton-Teoh on 0419 124 826.