We have an exciting announcement to make: the Australian Chinese for Families Association has joined the Coalition for Marriage as a partner in the official campaign to defend marriage!
The Coalition for Marriage has been founded by Marriage Alliance, the Australian Christian Lobby, the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney and the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. Along with these four key groups, more than 80 other partner organisations are also on board from across Australia:
Representing the Australian Chinese community in support of a “No” vote , we are working in partnership with the Coalition to mobilise our Australian Chinese community to work together on this very important issue.
In the next couple of months, our goal is to reach the greater Australian Chinese community across Australia, helping everyone in the community to understand what are the real consequences of changing the law to allow same sex marriage. We believe that as a society, we have the responsibility to thoughtfully consider the real impacts of changing marriage on education programs like “Safe Schools”, religious freedom and freedom of speech for future generations.
What is the procedure of this postal vote?
For those who are enrolled in the electoral roll with their correct address, ballot papers will start arriving in the post from 12 September. Ballot papers need to be sent back by 7 Nov.
The result of the vote will be counted as a total, as well as by electorates. This means that MPs will know how many people support or oppose same-sex marriage in that their own electorates.
What will happen in the case of a "Yes" vote?
If the majority of Australians vote "yes", there will be a vote in both houses of the Parliament to decide on whether same-sex marriage would become law in Australia. MPs may then choose to vote according to their own electorate's results.
What will happen in the case of a "No" vote?
In the case that the majority of Australians vote "no," the Coalition government says there will NOT be a vote in Parliament regarding same-sex marriage during this term.
Because this plebiscite is not compulsory, and because the result is counted by electorates, EVERY VOTE COUNTS.
We cannot do this without your help! Together, we can reach out to everyone around us and make sure the message gets out.
This is why we will be preparing resources in simplified and traditional Chinese to equip you in this campaign. We will provide printed flyers, posters, and powerpoints for you to share in meetings... etc.
If you would like to be involved as a campaign volunteer, or if you would like to distribute flyers and posters when they become available, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also encourage others who may like to find out more to sign up our newsletters so that we can provide our most updated action plans directly to them:
Attached is a notice in Chinese that summarises the procedure of this postal vote and our upcoming action plan as we have shared above. Please feel free to share this with others.
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We believe that as a community, the Chinese deeply understand the value of family. If we can help others understand the negative impacts same-sex marriage would have on our families and children, the Australian Chinese community's voice is going to make an important difference in the outcome of this vote.
We need your voice. Please join us!