New figures estimate 10 million surveys now received by ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released their second estimate of surveys returned as part of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

10 million forms (62.5%) are now expected to have been received by the government body, up from the 9.2 million (57.5%) estimated last week.

The figures are based on the number of bulk containers that have been delivered to the ABS, though it does not include those which may still be in transit.

Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign Anna Brown said the steady increase in returns is a reminder of how much Australians care about marriage equality and resolving this issue.

“Australians understand that this is simply about fairness and they know that voting YES won’t take anything away from anyone but will make a profound difference to the lives of LGBTI Australians,” Brown said.

“We have an opportunity to reflect the values that we already live by, but to do that we need as many surveys as possible returned.”

“There are still millions of surveys that need to be posted back to the ABS, we want every Australians to have their say and post YES for marriage equality.”

All surveys are expected to be returned to the ABS by October 27, with the cut-off being set for November 7th for the release of results on November 15th.

Those eligible to vote who are yet to receive a survey form, or had their form damaged, have until October 20 to order a replacement.

OIP Staff

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