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  • Marriage Equality Box Hill Forum 9 February – Panel guests at the event include Hawthorne legend Russell Greene, his son’s Steve and Brent along with current and past AFL Players, Brendan Goddard, Brock McLean, Chris Dawes and Tom Hickey.
  • Latest polls reveal majority of Victorians want the marriage equality to be achieved this year.
  • Key note-speakers also include Equality Campaign Director, Tiernan Brady and Angie Greene, CEO of Stand Up Events that tackles discrimination in sport and life.

The Equality Campaign has launched its largest ever national marriage equality campaign with town hall events across Victoria as latest ReachTel Polls reveal the majority of Victorians want the Government to deliver Marriage Equality in 2017.

Joining the Victorian Forums as a key-note speaker is Hawthorn Football Club Hall of Fame, Russell Greene and his daughter Angie who is also the founder of Stand Up Events, which tackles discrimination in Sport and Life.

Executive Director of the Equality Campaign Tiernan Brady said our new national campaign is about building on the momentum and energy generated across the nation for marriage equality,” Mr Brady said.

“Last week the Equality Campaign held a marriage equality forum in Shepparton. Tonight we are in Berwick, tomorrow we are in Box Hill and next week we are in Torquay.

“At these forums the community will be able to discuss with speakers about why marriage equality is important for the local community and the nation and crucially ask any questions they may have about this reform,” Mr Brady said.

Former Hawthorne Player Russell Greene said, “Marriage Equality is about fairness, Australians value a fair go and looking out for each other above all else. That’s why people from all over the country support this simple reform to give everyone the right to marry the person they love.”

Ambassador for The Equality Campaign, Angie Greene said, “Our entire family is behind marriage equality, not just for my brother Brent but for every young Australia who wants to grow up in a society that accepts who they are and values their relationship with the person they love.

“When you hear the positive things people are saying in support of marriage equality, you realise how far behind politics is compared to the rest of the nation on this issue. It is time to make marriage equality a reality.

“The campaign is about every day Australians who are simply asking for the same rights as their fellow Australians, the right to marry the person they love.

“Talking about why marriage equality is an important step, we need to share this with our elected representatives so that they too know how important it is to support marriage equality,” Ms Greene said.

Mr Brady said “the majority of the nation and the parliament backs marriage equality.

“It’s up to our Federal politicians to do their job and vote for marriage equality so that we can all move forward.”

The recent ReachTel Poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality, across the Victorian electorates of Chisholm, Corangamite, LaTrobe and Murray revealed that the majority of residents want the government to deliver equality.

“Voters in Liberal and National seats want their MPs to be able to vote for marriage equality, a straightforward reform that we know communities across Australia want parliament to deliver this year so we can all move forward,” Mr Greenwich said.

Almost 60% of those surveyed believe it’s important for the Government to resolve the issue of marriage equality this year with more than 40% saying it is very important that the issue is resolved.

“Two-thirds of Australians as well as a majority of politicians want every Australian to be able to marry the person they love. Marriage equality will not change anything for the vast majority of Australians but will make a profound difference to the status and dignity of many,” Mr Brady concluded.

February 08, 2017 at 6:30pm – 9pm
Box Hill Town Hall
1022 Whitehorse Rd
Box Hill , VIC 3128
http://www.equalitycampaign.org.au/boxhill-forum

Should your federal member be allowed to vote for same-sex marriage when the issue comes to parliament?

 

All Seats

All Seats

Chisholm

Corangamite

La Trobe

Murray

Yes

61.70%

63.70%

57.40%

67.70%

60.70%

No

25.20%

25.00%

29.80%

22.80%

24.10%

Undecided

13.10%

11.30%

12.80%

9.50%

15.20%

 

 

If the Liberal Nationals Coalition continues to block members voting according to their conscience on legalizing same-sex marriage, does this make you more or less likely to vote for them in the future?

 

All Seats

All Seats

Chisholm

Corangamite

La Trobe

Murray

More likely

17.90%

20.20%

16.30%

17.20%

17.60%

Less likely

41.00%

36.30%

41.60%

46.20%

39.30%

Vote unchanged

41.10%

43.50%

42.20%

36.70%

43.10%

 

How important do you think it is that the government resolves the matter of same-sex marriage this year?

 

All Seats

All Seats

Chisholm

Corangamite

La Trobe

Murray

Very important

40.80%

38.00%

44.40%

45.20%

36.60%

Somewhat important

18.70%

21.20%

19.40%

18.60%

19.00%

Not at all important

40.50%

40.80%

36.10%

36.20%

44.40%

 

 

If the Liberal Nationals Coalition continues to block members from voting according to their conscience on legalising same-sex marriage, does this make you more or less likely to vote for them in the future? (Coalition voters only)

 

All Seats

Chisholm

Corangamite

La Trobe

Murray

More likely

32.20%

15.30%

26.90%

19.40%

Less likely

18.80%

34.90%

29.60%

28.10%

Vote unchanged

49.00%

49.80%

43.50%

52.50%

 

Editors Note: This survey was conducted by Reachtel using an automated telephone based survey system among 4,742 voters.