By Aidan Curtis.
The same-sex postal vote is here.
Since September 12th, the ballot papers have begun rolling out to the registered voters of Australia.
Voters have until 6pm on November 7, 2017 to mail back their votes, but the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has recommended returning the votes by October 27.
Many have called the postal vote a waste of time considering it will not be binding in Parliament.
On The Record went to the campuses to find out what UniSA students think about the vote.
Madeleine Knill, Psychology: “I think it’s stupid that we’re paying a lot of money for a vote that should’ve just been done through Parliament.”
Anon, Early Childhood Education: “I think whatever the result is, the Government should listen to it and people shouldn’t whinge too much about the result. I know it’ll hurt a lot of people on either side whatever way it goes.”
Thomas Pillay, Journalism: “It’s pretty useless, I think, because it’s more of a survey than a vote and the Government should be doing their job that we pay for them to do.”
Tom Gilchrist, Bachelor of Arts: “I think it shouldn’t be happening; it’s a delay. But now that it is happening, we’re gonna smash it and get a massive yes.”
Dylan Kyriacou, Writing and Creative Communications: “I think the Government is making it as difficult as possible for people to express their votes, but I’ll be voting ‘yes’.”
Matthew Walker, Architecture: “It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. Like, I have my own unpopular opinion on gay marriage, but either make it a thing or not. Don’t mess around sending a million letters.”
Mikaela Trimboli, Architecture: “I think it’s convenient, but kind of forceful. It’s a bit like shoving it down our throats just a little bit more, but it’s a good way to let people know about the issue if they haven’t already heard about it.”
Darren Faulkner, Product Design: “The postal vote is wrong. The pollies should be voting on it. That’s what they’re paid for. However, I’ll still vote ‘yes’.”
Becky Hillard, Education: “I think it’s a bit stupid because it’s not actually going to change anything no matter the outcome as it’s not an actual vote. It’s just to see what the public wants. The Government is just gaining information and wasting funds that could be used for other, more important things.”
Rory Lee-Hammat, Human Movement: “I think it’s a waste of time and the Government should hold a proper referendum.”
Cathy Rowe, Clinical Exercise Physiology: “It’s great that they’re finally giving everyone a say, but wasting so much money on a result that isn’t even binding is a bit of a joke. Politicians are just too concerned that they’ll lose votes if they actually stand up and make a decision on something they already know the public wants.
Jordan Mumford, Aviation: “I think that the non-binding, non-compulsory statistical postal survey on whether or not same-sex couples should be afforded the same rights as all others in this country is divisive, hurtful, and unnecessary. I’ll still be voting yes and I encourage everyone to do the same.”
Emily Wishart, Law and International Relations: “The postal vote will be a beneficial way of identifying where the country stands regarding same-sex marriage, and may ensure that Parliament is aware of the opinions of Australians. However, I think it’s an extremely costly technique and, considering technology and the opinions of young people regarding the issue, I believe the vote was done through the post assuming that young people would not mail it correctly or even check their physical mail.”
The ABS said the results will be revealed on November 15, 2017.