The high court handed down their unanimous decision today which finds the $122m postal survey to be lawful. The two legal challenges were dismissed and the plaintiffs (which include Australian Marriage Equality and Independent MP Andrew Wilkie) ordered to pay costs.
The postal surveys will start being sent out to the 16 million Australians on the electoral roll next Tuesday. They have to be sent back by November 7; those travelling overseas or living in remote Indigenous communities can vote online or by phone. The result will be released on November 15.
Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has promised to allow a private member’s bill to be introduced to parliament if the survey result is “yes”. This bill would be debated in the final sitting fortnight of the year which means that we could have same-sex marriage in Australia by Christmas.
The campaigns for both a “yes” and “no” vote have ramped up their advertising. A new, emotional video urging you to “ring your rellos” has been making waves online.
A new TV ad has also been released just hours after the High Court decision. The ad features Ian Thorpe and AFTRS lecturer Matt Dabner: