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New ABS guidelines welcomed but LGBTIQ+ still absent from Census

New ABS guidelines welcomed but LGBTIQ+ still absent from Census

National LGBTIQ+ advocates have welcomed the new guidelines from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) regarding data collection on sex, gender, sexual orientation and variations of sex characteristics. Formerly named the Sex and Gender Standard, the new document expands the scope to include Sex, Gender, Variation of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Variables. LGBTIQ+ Health […]

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ABS ditches questions about sexuality in census despite need for data

ABS ditches questions about sexuality in census despite need for data

The Australian Bureau of Statistics dumped questions about sexuality and gender from the next census because of concerns that there would be a public backlash over their inclusion. The questions were dumped even though two government departments said the data was essential for planning for the future and effective delivery of services. The questions were […]

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Australia delivers a clear YES result on marriage equality

Australia delivers a clear YES result on marriage equality

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have announced a ‘YES’ result has triumphed in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. After weeks of intensified debate, 61.6% Australian voters have declared that same sex couples should be allowed to marry by way of a unique postal survey devised by the Turnbull Government. The result has been described […]

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12.6 million Australians have taken part in the marriage postal survey

12.6 million Australians have taken part in the marriage postal survey

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed the latest count on the number of marriage survey forms returned. A whopping 12.6 million Australians have returned their forms, representing 78.5 per cent of the eligible voters. The response rate is higher than the United Kingdom’s Brexit poll, the Irish referendum on marriage and the last US […]

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ABS reveals seventy seven percent of Australians have returned marriage forms

ABS reveals seventy seven percent of Australians have returned marriage forms

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed the latest statistics on the marriage postal survey, sharing that a massive 77 percent of Australians have taken part in the process. The Equality Campaign has welcomed the latest estimate of forms received and reminded YES voters that forms can be posted this week and still arrive in […]

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Marriage survey has a massive 74.5% response rate

Marriage survey has a massive 74.5% response rate

The Equality Campaign has welcomed the announcement by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today that almost three quarters (74.5%) of Australians have returned their marriage surveys. The ABS has released the latest return estimates from the 16 million survey forms sent out last month. The ABS said the estimate is based on a count […]

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Almost 11 million people have sent back their marriage survey forms

Almost 11 million people have sent back their marriage survey forms

The Equality Campaign has welcomed the announcement by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today that a further 800,000 Australians have returned their marriage surveys. The ABS has released the latest return estimates from the 16 million survey forms sent out last month. With only 10 days remaining until the recommended deadline to get the […]

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New figures estimate 10 million surveys now received by ABS

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 […]

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ABS estimates 9.2 million marriage survey forms have been returned

ABS estimates 9.2 million marriage survey forms have been returned

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released its first weekly estimate of the number of survey forms received for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. As of Friday 29 September 2017, the ABS estimates it has received 9.2 million (57.5%) survey forms. The estimate is indicative only as is it based on the bulk containers […]

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Tiernan Brady on why a positive message will win the marriage debate

Tiernan Brady on why a positive message will win the marriage debate

As Australian long drawn out debate over marriage equality drags on, the head of the ‘Yes’ campaign is adamant that one side of the debate will be sticking to a positive message. “We have got to this point by being a positive and respectful campaign, and we are going to remain utterly, totally and unendingly […]

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