We did it!
Australia united to tell politicians what surveys have indicated for years – that it’s time to change the law to allow same-sex marriage.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced this morning that 61.6% of eligible voters are in favour of changing the marriage act, with 133 of the 150 federal electoral divisions voting for marriage equality.
The national Yes vote was 61.6%, with a majority of people in all states voting yes. New South Wales recorded the lowest Yes vote at just 57%, with Victoria, the ACT and Western Australia voting the highest.
Women aged between 70-74 were the highest voting demographic (89.9%). The youth of Australia recorded high level of participation with 81% of females aged between 18-19 recorded as voting.
Of the contentious ‘No’ vote politicians, the majority of the states and electorates they represent reflect a different view to their own. The most notable is former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the man who engineered the plebiscite. His seat of Warringah in New South Wales recorded a 75% vote in support of same-sex marriage.
Other senators with seats in electorates that voted in support include Liberal Senator Scott Morrison from Cook at 55% and Peter Dutton’s seat of Dickson in Queensland, which recorded 65.2%.
Liberal Senator Eric Abetz campaigned for the ‘No’ vote but the state he represents, Tasmania, recorded a 63.6% ‘Yes’ vote. Nationals Senator Matthew Canavan campaigned for the ‘No’ vote but the Northern Territory he represents recorded a 60.6% ‘Yes’ vote. Independent senator, Cory Bernardi campaigned for the ‘No’ vote but the state he represents, South Australia, recorded 62.5% in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.
The big question for these politicians is: will their vote in the parliament reflect the people they represent?