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Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Thousands March in Sydney for Marriage Equality

Thousands March in Sydney for Marriage Equality

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has come out in support of gay marriage, ahead of a national postal vote on changing the country's marriage act.

A first look at the form shows a sparsely covered sheet of paper, asking: 'should the law be changed to allow same sex couples to marry?' and giving the recipient the choice between a box marked yes and one marked no. Each form is barcoded to protect against fraud.

The nationwide mail-out begins on Tuesday, and all surveys should be sent off by September 25, which is when telephone and online response options open for people who can not complete the paper survey.

Forms should be received by September 25 and will be mailed in a staggered delivery schedule over a two-week period from September 12.

The bureau has been discouraging voters from using that blank space for doodles, warning that any graffiti might make it hard for your vote to be read.

"Please do not include correspondence, complaints or other communication - it will not be answered", it reads.

But the ABS has taken a dim view of that suggestion as well, making it clear that any envelopes with glitter in them will simply be binned.

In the next line, it notes that nothing but the survey form should be placed in the envelope.

The result will be announced on 15 November.

The postal survey is non-compulsory and there are no fines for not completing it.

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