Now it's time to vote Yes

Today the High Court chose to uphold the Turnbull Government’s $122 million postal survey as constitutionally valid.

THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR JUSTICE

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

                                                                                                                                             

TERRI BUTLER MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

 

NOW IT’S TIME TO VOTE ‘YES’

 

Today the High Court chose to uphold the Turnbull Government’s $122 million postal survey as constitutionally valid.

 

This is not the outcome we had hoped for, but we had planned for.

 

Unfortunately, we can no longer stop this wasteful, hurtful exercise from going ahead. This shambolic government will spend $122 million on a needless process to outsource their internal problems to the Australian public, instead of having the guts to hold a free vote.

 

But we need to put today’s decision behind us, and focus on one thing only – achieving a Yes result for equal marriage in Australia.

 

Work has already begun – many thousands of phone calls and conversations have taken place across the country. And there are nearly 100,000 new Australians on the electoral roll that are ready to have their say.

 

The months ahead will be difficult, especially for LGBTI Australians and those who are close to them.

 

But we have no choice but to take up the fight and work as hard as we can to get the outcome that we know a majority of Australians already want.

 

We call for the debate to be conducted with kindness, grace, respect and generosity on all sides. Prejudice and vilification damages us all as Australians.

 

Labor will be standing shoulder to shoulder with the Yes campaign and with our LGBTI brothers and sisters. We’ll be campaigning as hard as we can.

 

We can make marriage equality a reality in Australia.

 

THURSDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2017