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Macquarie Votes Yes to Marriage Equality

Source: Susan Templeman MP, Member For Macquarie
Archived 16 Jan 2018 - Posted: 17 Nov 2017
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, has welcomed the announcement that an impressive 63.9% of Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury residents voted YES to marriage equality.

The Australian Statistician released the results on Wednesday, providing a breakdown of the vote for each state, each federal electorate and the national result. Participation in the Macquarie electorate was excellent, with 82.7% of our community participating in the vote.

“I am very pleased to see the result, but it’s also important for people to know that we had a very high turnout of votes – 83 percent of all eligible people had their say,” Ms Templeman said.

The breakdown of the participation data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows 88,193 people in the electorate of Macquarie took part in the survey.

The participation was highest from the over 65s, with 90% of them having a say, and it was lowest from the 25-34 year olds, with 75% returning their ballot. 77% of enrolled 18-24 year olds took part.

“80 percent of men and 85 percent of women sent back their ballot, which is higher than the national average,” Ms Templeman said.

Ms Templeman praised the work of local LGBTIQ+ leaders and their allies who ran a grassroots campaign to push for the change, and to encourage all people to vote.

“Many people were involved in a variety of local activities, from putting up a poster, to talking to their neighbours, handing out flyers at railway stations and running street stalls,” she said.

“This survey confirmed what we already knew –– that residents of the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains believe that the LGBTIQ+ members of our community should be treated equally, and that the right to marry the person you love should be extended to all,” Ms Templeman said.

“This is a win for our local LGBTIQ+ community, and especially for our LGBTIQ+ young people who have been particularly vulnerable during this debate.

“We didn’t want this postal survey –– and I voted against a plebiscite. This process has caused a lot of harm and pain to so many members of our community; but I am extremely proud that, in the end, a ‘Yes’ vote prevailed,” Ms Templeman said.

Ms Templeman also praised the work of local LGBTIQ+ leaders and their allies who ran a grassroots campaign to push for the change.

“Many people were involved in a variety of local activities, from talking to their neighbours, handing out flyers at railway stations and running street stalls,” she said.

Senator Dean Smith tabled his bill in the Senate on Thursday. Ms Templeman said that Senator Smith’s bill –– the result of a cross-party Senate inquiry into marriage equality legislation –– has already won Labor Caucus support to enable a vote on marriage equality in the Parliament.

“There is no reason we can’t have this done before Christmas. I look forward to being able to finally vote in favour of marriage equality.”

Updated with additional statistics 4pm 17/11/2017.

 
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