Joint Media Release

High Court Decision on Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

MC 54/17

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC
Attorney-General
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Queensland 

7 September 2017

The Government welcomes the decision by the High Court of Australia today to confirm the validity of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

We have always been confident, that the process we adopted to deliver on our commitment, to give Australians a say on whether or not the law on marriage should be changed to allow same sex couples to marry, was consistent with all the relevant requirements.

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey will now proceed as planned, with the ABS starting to mail out survey forms from 12 September 2017 onwards.

A final result will be declared by the Australian Statistician at 11.30am on 15 November 2017.

The Government intends to move swiftly now with proposed legislation to provide for relevant additional safeguards to complement existing legal protections and to support the fair and proper conduct of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

We encourage all Australians on the Electoral Roll and eligible to vote in an election to have their say by returning their completed survey forms as soon as possible.

And we encourage all those involved in campaigning for either the Yes or No cases to do so with courtesy and respect.

The Government thanks the Solicitor-General, Dr Stephen Donaghue QC and his legal team for their hard work and skilful advocacy.

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Media Contact(s): 

For Minister Cormann - Karen Wu - 0428 350 139
For the Attorney General – Scott Bolitho – 0477 722 189