Australia mandating vote
Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said in a post on his archdiocese’s website that the push for marriage reforms raised key questions for Australian Catholics.
He asked: The postal vote will close on 7 November, with the result released on 15 November.
There were early signs the debate could turn toxic ahead of the court’s decision, after a poster emblazoned with the words “stop the fags” was put up in central Melbourne.
There were also flyers describing homosexuality as “a curse of death” distributed in suburban Sydney, sparking calls by the government for a respectful debate.
Politicians are now scrambling to pass election-type safeguards restricting material that might be misleading and deceptive.
Among the proposed penalties are fines of up to Aus,600 (€8,360), The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Up to 15 million Australians will be asked: But Yes campaigners have said this method of collecting votes, via the postal system, could be less effective at engaging younger tech-savvy Australians, who are seen as more supportive of changing the laws.As turnout rose from 60% to 90%, citizens with less intense partisan and ideological commitments flooded into the electorate.