Media Release
Tuesday July 18th 2017
Equality advocates say a postal vote on marriage equality will be biased against the reform.
The Queensland LNP has reportedly supported a postal vote which will be voluntary for voters, not bind parliament and cost $40 million.
Just.equal spokesperson Rodney Croome, said,
"This is a deeply flawed proposal that will be biased against marriage equality."
"A postal vote will favour the 'no' case because younger voters, who are more likely to support marriage equality, are less likely to return their voluntary postal ballots."
"It also won't require legislation so the Government will be able to bias the question and other aspects of the vote any way it wants."
"It's no coincidence that the only people keen on a postal vote are those who are dead against marriage equality."
"The only legitimate path forward is a vote in Parliament where all members are able to vote according to their conscience."
A recent Galaxy Research poll found that only 14% of Australians support a postal vote when they know it is voluntary for voters and not binding on politicians.
Mr Croome said recent Australian elections have been marred by complaints about postal ballots.
For a report on complaints about postal votes go to:
For this media release on the web click here
For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668