LGBTI? This Poll’s 4 U

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.


Please click here to complete the survey and encourage all your LGBTIQ friends to participate too


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

Please click here to complete the survey and encourage all your LGBTIQ friends to participate too


 

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About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years.

“Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe.” (Daniel Witthaus, “Beyond Priscilla”, Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)