For a variety of reasons, Australia’s 2017 same-sex marriage postal poll was a pivotal occasion in the history of the nation. For the first time in Australian history, the government employed a postal survey to get feedback on a social issue. The survey was carried out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The survey’s importance stemmed in large part from the fact that it represented a much anticipated step toward marital equality in Australia. The survey was viewed as a critical milestone in the campaign that same-sex couples had been waging for years in Australia to be allowed to marry. For the LGBTIQ+ community, who had long felt excluded and subjected to discrimination in Australia, this was especially significant.
The survey had important political repercussions as well. Due to resistance from inside his own party, the government at the time, headed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, had difficulty passing laws on same-sex marriage. The survey was viewed as a means of avoiding this hostility and obtaining feedback from the general population. The survey’s findings, which indicated that the majority of Australians supported same-sex unions, put pressure on the government to enact legislation.
The survey significantly influenced Australian public discourse as well. Both proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage used harsh language and rhetoric in the run-up to the survey, which was frequently contentious and polarising. This sparked a contentious public discussion on the subject, with many Australians strongly feeling either for or against it.
Overall, the 2017 same-sex marriage postal survey was an important turning point in Australian history since it was a key step toward marriage equality, had political repercussions, and had a big influence on the public conversation. For the nation and the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community, it was a turning point that will be remembered for many years to come.