Launceston celebrates same-sex marriage Yes vote

Same-sex marriage supporters gathered at Bass Labor MHR Ross Hart’s office on Wednesday to watch the Australian Bureau of Statistics announce the result of the postal survey.

More than 79 per cent of Australians responded to the survey, with 61.6 per cent of people voting yes. 

ABS stats show that 63.6 per cent of Tasmanians who completed the survey said yes – higher than the national result of 61.6 per cent.

Of the 58,759 people living in Bass who responded to the survey 61.7 per cent voted yes and 38.3 per cent voted no. 

Picture: ABS

Picture: ABS

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Jonathon Duniam said the high participation rate in the postal survey validated the government’s decision to undertake the process.

“The result is clear, now it is time to put into effect the will of the people,” he said.

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has labelled the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey regrettable.

“Changing a fundamental societal institution that pre-existed the nation-state is something which should rightly be decided by the people as a whole and it has been with a very strong turnout despite claims from many quarters that this process would fail,” he said.

How Australia voted

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