The same-sex marriage postal survey result has been released last week.
Here we will have further information and instructions on the next steps --- how to help you lobby your local federal MPs and senators regarding protecting our freedom.
Nearly 8 out of 10 eligible Australians (79.5%) voted in the postal survey. Out of everyone who voted, a majority of 61.6% voted ‘Yes’, and 38.4% of participants voted ‘No’ to the law being changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.
You can find the full breakdown of results here: https://marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au/results/
We at the Australian Chinese for Families Association accept that Australians have had their say and that the law could now be changed to legalise same-sex marriage.
We are glad that during this postal survey period, Australians have had a chance to discuss the consequences of a change in the marriage laws. The results show that a huge number of Australians (2 out of 5) are of the belief that marriage is between a man and a woman – and we believe that many more want their rights to hold their personal beliefs protected.
Thank you for all your hard work and support during this campaign. Given the short time frame, and limited resources, we believe the ‘No’ campaign has done a spectacular job in making many more people aware of the consequences of redefining marriage, and we hope this will inform the upcoming legislative process.
Many of us are still processing the postal survey results, and we understand that many of us may feel very disappointed that the majority of Australians voted “Yes” to same-sex marriage.
Indeed, many of us may wish to find fault with the process or the timing of the postal survey, to see if there are ways we can discredit this result.
However, we wish to encourage you to be proud of this result. Even though we have had only two months to campaign, 4 out of 10 Australians have voted “No” to SSM. Every “No” vote represents someone who has thought through and understood the negative consequences a change in the marriage law could bring to society. “No” voters do not discriminate against gay people. We care a lot about everyone in the society, and genuinely wish to protect the freedoms of everyone.
同时我们也不要低估了婚姻联盟协同作战的力量，值得注意的是反对票最多的地区是包括华人在内的移民聚居地 ，比如新南威尔士的Western Sydney还有墨尔本的Bruce地區。这说明ACF参与的NO 阵营的运动已经深入移民社区并且取得了卓越的战果。
Not to lessen the efforts of our collective efforts in the Coalition for Marriage, it is notable that suburbs that returned the highest “No” votes are suburbs with a high migrant, including Chinese, population, such as the Western Sydney area and including Parramatta. This means that the “No” campaign outreach to the migrant community, of which ACF is a part, has indeed done a spectacular job in this campaign.
Even though we understand everyone may need some time to process the result, it is important to realise that we do not have much time to reflect about what has happened in the postal vote process.
Parliamentarians are moving quickly to debate the legislation that will likely bring same-sex marriage to our country. We anticipate that this legislation could pass as soon as the week of 4 December.
This means we must act immediately to call on our members of parliament to put in protections for people who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and to protect parental rights.
The efforts of our volunteers have not been in vain, because millions of Australians now understand the consequences of this change, and will be on guard against restrictions to their freedoms. The Government must now make good its promise to the people to include appropriate protections for parental rights, freedom of speech and belief in their legislation.
Please take action by clicking this link.
We have put together a list of electorates where there were more “No” voters than “Yes” voters. If you live in these electorates, please enter here to take action immediately. Emails and letters to Federal MPs must arrive by 1st December.
For everyone else, please click this link to write an email to all of your state’s senators today! Email to senators need to arrive before 24th November.
Thank you once again for all your hard work during this campaign. We are so grateful for all of your support, and we will continue to work together to protect the freedoms and well-being of future generations.