please read if you give a shit about lgbtq+ rights
same-sex marriage (key wording) isn’t legal in australia and we generally have pretty terrible laws surrounding a lot of people in the community. currently, the liberal party and the nationals form a coalition government and hold a majority. they’re pretty conservative folks, well known for doing absolutely nothing of value.
marriage equality has been a contentious topic since the good old days of tony abbot, also known as reptilian fuckstick the second. this guy in particular hates basically everyone and as i’m sure you’re all aware is a living meme because of how inept he is.
so, instead of holding a parliamentary vote in the house of representatives or a referendum, the government has decided to hold a postal plebiscite. it’s a non-compulsory, non-binding vote, being held by australia post and the australian bureau of statistics. australia post is one of the most unreliable organisations i have ever seen, and the abs is famous for screwing up the national census to the point that most of the country couldn’t even participate. because it’s non-compulsory, fewer people will vote, so people who are fine with marriage equality but don’t really care won’t vote yes, but people who are against it will still vote no.
so guess what!! the vote is skewed in favour of no!! because it’s non-binding, even if there is overwhelming support for yes, the government doesn’t have to do anything about it. so, in essence, they’re spending $122 million to ask people what they think, then throw it all away and go back to bickering and shitting on other people’s lives.
oh, another thing, because it’s not being run by the electoral commission, it’s not protected by anti-malicious speech laws. so anyone can publish whatever propaganda they like and none of it will be censored. can you imagine the storm of hate and abuse that’s going to come out of that?
PLEASE I AM URGING YOU TO VOTE YES IF YOU CAN