A University of Melbourne study of ABC Vote Compass results reveals only one electorate in Australia has a majority of voters opposed to gay marriage.
A University of Melbourne study of ABC Vote Compass results reveals only one electorate in Australia has a majority of voters opposed to gay marriage.

Only one electorate opposed to same-sex marriage

AS three key Coalition and Labor ministers meet today to find a compromise on the same-sex marriage plebiscite, they may want to heed new research that shows most Australians are keen to see the Marriage Act amended to allow gay people to wed.

A University of Melbourne study of ABC Vote Compass results reveals only one electorate in Australia has a majority of voters opposed to gay marriage.

Just over 50% of voters in the outback Queensland region of Maranoa do not want same-sex couples to tie the knot.

Most of the top 10 electorates most opposed to gay marriage are in regional Australia and are held by traditionally conservative parties, the LNP, Nationals, Liberals and Katter's Australian Party.

The electorates were Maranoa, Groom, Flynn, Hinkler, New England, Kennedy, Grey, Barker, Parkes and Braddon.

The top 10 most supportive regions for changing the Marriage Act were primarily held by Labor and based in metropolitan areas.

These electorates were Sydney, Melbourne, Grayndler, Wentworth, Melbourne Ports, Wills, Gellibrand, Batman, Higgins and Brisbane.

"Based on our data and other polling, it appears a plebiscite would pass easily," Monash University political scientist Shaun Ratcliff told the  Brisbane Times.

The survey results come to light as Federal Attorney-General George Brandis and Special Minister of State Scott Ryan meet shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus to discuss how the Coalition can secure the opposition's support to ensure the controversial gay marriage plebiscite through the Senate.
 

Both Mr Brandis and his boss, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have indicated they may compromise on the plebiscite and the allocation of taxpayer money to fund the 'Yes' and 'No' campaigns to get the bill through the Senate.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the Nationals were sticking to their guns and they would oppose any changes to the mooted legislation and the funding allocations, particularly as he feared big corporations would throw a load of cash at the 'Yes' campaign.

"The Australian people want a plebiscite, they're the boss," Mr Joyce told the Courier Mail.
 

"The Australian people want a plebiscite, they're the boss," Mr Joyce told the Courier Mail.

"You can see massive funding going to one side of the case.

"There's a lot of corporate interest and banking interests that are supporting the 'Yes' case."

A recent survey of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, intersex and transgender Australians found the majority of respondents opposed the plebiscite.

The gay community believes the $158 million plebiscite will be a waste of money and could lead to hate campaigns.

Proponents of maintaining the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman believe the ultimate decision rests with every Australian instead of Federal Parliament.

- ARM NEWSDESK



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