Julie Bishop reveals she voted ‘Yes’ in the postal survey

Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop has revealed that she voted ‘Yes’ in the marriage postal survey. The member for Curtin told reporters that everyone had the right to “be with the person they love”.

Bishop has previously only given vague responses to her position on marriage equality. Back in 2015 she told The Project that she has “no concerns” about same sex couples getting married, but she has declined to campaign for either side of the debate.

“It is a secret vote, I don’t generally reveal that,” Bishop said when reporters asked her how she voted.

“But since you asked, ‘Yes’ — I voted ‘Yes’.

“It is a question of the love and support that we need to have for everyone in our community to be with the one they love.

“As far as I am concerned, it is a matter of fairness.” Bishop said.

Bishop’s comment was welcomed by WA Liberal Senator Dean Smith, who told Perth Now that the Deputy leader’s public support, alongside that of the Prime Minister, would bring authority to the decision if the ‘Yes’ campaign was successful.

“Julie’s endorsement of same-sex marriage will bring with it tremendous momentum and authority in legislating for same-sex marriage if a ‘Yes’ result is announced on November 15.”

“If there is a ‘Yes’ result, I am confident same-sex marriage laws will be in place by Christmas.” Senator Smith said.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics will accept marriage postal survey forms and it’s drop-off centre until 4:30pm on Tuesday. The ABS office is at Level 1, Durack Centre, 263 Adelaide Terrace, Perth.

OIP Staff

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