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That’s the history, but the reason the public are voting on it is because, like many developed nations, there has been a marked change in attitude towards same-sex marriage over the past decade and numerous calls to enact changes to the law that allow same-sex couples to be wed.
Those who have pre-enrolled at 17 years old and turn 18 after August 24 are only ‘provisionally’ enrolled on the Electoral Roll until they turn 18 and the AEC is not legally allowed to hand over these details to the ABS.However, owing to the fact this is not run by the AEC and is instead run by the ABS it is officially known as the ‘Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.’ Other interchangeable terms I’ve seen are ‘postal plebiscite’, ‘postal vote’ and ‘same-sex marriage vote’ and ‘same-sex marriage postal survey’.There’s an incredibly complex and detailed response to this question, but the short of it is that same-sex marriage was a huge issue at the 2016 election.In regards to plebiscites, the AEC states: "Governments can hold plebiscites to test whether people either support or oppose a proposed action on an issue." Essentially, a plebiscite is carried out like a referendum, but like the results "don’t matter".More accurately, the results are non-binding and the Government is not legally required to enact the result.It is compulsory for every Australian to vote in a referendum and the Government is bound by the result.
As the are not part of the constitution, a referendum will not take place.
Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition government stated that they would hold a compulsory attendance plebiscite on the issue of same-sex marriage if they were elected and so they brought the bill to Parliament but it was shot down by Labor, the Greens and various crossbenchers because of it’s expense, the fact that it was non-binding and how it would potentially affect the LGBTI community.
After trying to get the bill through Parliament a second time, it was again knocked back and so the Coalition government decided to hold this ‘postal survey’, which means that legislation would not have to be passed for the plebiscite to occur.
Thus, you are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to return forms by October 27.
Provided you get your forms on September 12, you have 48 days to answer and post your vote back before October 27.
Australians have had the opportunity to vote on the issue of same-sex marriage in Australia via a postal survey since September 12.