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Escape Travel - Equality For All

21st August 2017

At Escape Travel we believe everyone should have the same rights. So we're encouraging you to have your say in the upcoming postal plebiscite.

Are you unsure of what you need to do to have your say? Here's what you need to know to give your feedback on the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

Step : enrol

If you’re 18 and over and enrolled to vote, you can have a say in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. About 5.8 per cent of Australians aren't enrolled to vote, according to the latest Australian Electoral Commission data, so you’ve got until 6pm on August 24 to make sure you’re on the electoral roll (that’s this Thursday!). 

To enrol online, you’ll need some ID like a drivers licence or Australian passport.

If you voted in the last election, you’ll automatically be enrolled to vote, but if you’ve moved, you’ll need to update your address to receive your ballot papers. Head to www.aec.gov.au/enrol to get your details up to date.

Is voting compulsory?

Unlike elections, the postal vote is not compulsory. It’s a voluntary vote, so it’s really important to make sure you’re on the electoral roll by August 24 so you can have your say on same-sex marriage and vote.

What if I’m travelling overseas or on a working holiday during the vote?

If you are travelling overseas for a holiday or just a short trip and plan to return to your usual address in Australia, if you’re already enrolled to vote, you’ll need to submit an overseas notification form on the AEC website. If you’re not enrolled and already overseas, you’ll have to complete the form to enrol to vote for federal elections outside Australia by 6pm on August 24.

When is the vote?

Ballot papers will be mailed from September 12, and you’ll have until November 7, 2017 to mail your postal vote back to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which is conducting the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. You can’t vote online, so if you want to have your say, you’ll need to do snail mail.

What happens next?

The final result from the postal vote is expected by November 15, 2017. If it’s a ‘yes’ vote, a private member’s bill (or a proposed amendment to the law) will be introduced to the house in the final sitting fortnight of 2017 (the last week of November and the first week of December). Members of Parliament will be allowed a free vote, and the same-sex marriage plebiscite would be passed for amendments to the current marriage act. If the postal plebiscite returns a ‘no’ vote, then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said no bill will proceed.

For more info, visit www.aec.gov.au/enrol

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