The Equality Campaign is encouraging the millions of Australians yet to post their surveys to get them in the mail, after the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today announced that almost two-thirds of Australians had returned their surveys.

The ABS, which has been administering the marriage equality survey, released the latest return figures from the 16 million surveys sent out late last month.

With 17 days left until the date recommended to return your survey, the ABS has confirmed that 62.5% of Australians have returned their marriage equality survey.

Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign, Anna Brown, said, “This steady increase in survey returns is another reminder of how much Australians care about marriage equality and how the country wants this resolved.

“Australians understand that this is simply about fairness and they know that voting YES won’t take anything away from anyone but will make a profound difference to the lives of LGBTI Australians.

“We have an opportunity to reflect the values that we already live by, but to do that we need as many surveys as possible returned.

“There are still millions of surveys that need to be posted back to the ABS, we want every Australian to have their say and post YES for marriage equality,” Anna Brown said.

New South Wales Field Director, Georgia Kriz, said, “There are only ten days left to request a replacement survey form from the ABS.

“There are also over a million Australians overseas who need to get their surveys in either electronically or by post. It is vital every Australian has their say.

“It is so important that Australians of all ages return their surveys, young people have played such an important role in this campaign, however, this is not the time to be complacent. There are still so many surveys to return so post yours and remind your friends and family to do the same.

“Remind your friends and family to get this done, don’t delay vote YES today,” Georgia Kriz concluded.
Clint McGilvray