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Updated by caitlyn_grant on Aug 11, 2017
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Australian postal vote

Australia's Turnbull government has confirmed a postal vote nationwide on amending legislation regarding same-sex marriage for citizens to give input, however the votes may not count for much.

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The Australian government have announced $122 million voluntary postal vote for people to have their say on whether same-sex marriage should be legal in Australia, all citizens on the electoral role will start receiving ballots beginning September 12.

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However, the postal vote decision is in no way binding as it is run through the Australian Bureau of Statistics, not parliament. This in turn is causing controversy as the vote itself is so expensive yet cannot properly determine the end result.

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Some people are turning to boycott the plebiscite as a protest against the concept of it being not only insulting but also degrading, yet others are claiming a boycott will only decrease the chance of same-sex marriage being legalised.

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The results of the postal vote are not binding but the government agrees to allow a private member’s bill into the final sitting if the majority of votes select “yes”. If votes indicate a “no” then no bill will proceed.

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So many people of Australia are not only disappointed and frustrated with the government’s decision to go forth with the postal plebiscite, but disheartened and significantly hurt.

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