Now, we finally know exactly when we’ll learn the results of the survey: Wednesday, November 15 at 10am.
This week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that a media conference will be held at ABS House in Belconnen, where statistician David Kalisch and his deputy Jonathan Palmer will announced the results.
While the media conference will address whether Australia has voted ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as to whether same-sex marriage should be legalised here, more stats — like results by state or territory, a breakdown of who participated in the survey by age and gender — will be available on the ABS website straight after.
And then what?
As previously stated by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, if the results are a majority ‘yes’ — and that’s what the early reports are saying, so fingers crossed — same-sex marriage won’t automatically be legalised.
A private member’s bill amending the Marriage Act will be introduced, and members of Parliament will be given a ‘free vote,’ which means they can vote according to their own personal conscience, instead of agreeing with where their political party stands.
This is how same-sex marriage is expected to pass in Australia, and if this happens, we could have marriage equality before Christmas.
However, if the results are a majority ‘no,’ marriage equality will be off the cards for years, at least while the Liberal Party is still running the country. “If the people have spoken against it, we won’t be proposing it at the next election I can assure you,” said Turnbull.