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Nearly 60 per cent of Australians return vote on same-sex marriage

04 October 2017

The Greens say that the update from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that 57.5% of votes have been returned in the marriage equality postal survey is heartening, but they will not take anything for granted and will continue campaigning for a "yes" win.

The "No" campaign was quick to pour scorn on a Sky News/ReachTEL poll released on Monday afternoon that found "Yes" held a commanding lead among the 79 per cent of respondents who said they had already voted.

'I think this is a clear sign that Australians want to get this done. and let's hope then that the parliament does move very quickly to legislate'.

Mr Chester firmly believes there will be a resounding "yes" vote across Australia.

A new poll by the "yes" campaign has found that 77% of enrolled Australians have already returned their postal survey forms.

Equality Campaign director Tiernan Brady said he was delighted with the turnout, and urged anyone who hadn't posted their survey form to do so.

"As I travelled around suburban and regional areas, the feedback from people is they want to get on with it", he said.

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The Equality Campaign's Alex Greenwich said a further 17% of people in that age group said they had filled out their forms but were yet to post them.

The voluntary postal survey is an anomaly in Australian democracy, wherein compulsory voting is the norm.

In a statement no campaign group Marriage Alliance said the result meant "nearly one in two are yet to cast their vote".

"But we won't stop campaigning to ensure that all "yes" voters return their ballots. Half of the country is yet to make up its mind - this conversation is still wide open".

'These updates may encourage participation by those who have not yet responded and will inform reasonable public expectations about the likely final level of response, ' deputy Australian statistician Jonathan Palmer said.

The ABS recommends people mail their ballot back by 27 October and will count ballots received before 7 November and declare the result on 15 November.

Nearly 60 per cent of Australians return vote on same-sex marriage