Marriage equality survey will be transparent, MP says
FLYNN MP Ken O'Dowd says a survey he is conducting to gauge voters' views on marriage equality will be transparent and is intended to reflect the current attitude of the electorate.
Mr O'Dowd last week announced he would send out a survey to 60,000 Gladstone region households to get an up to date view on 'hot topics' such as marriage equality, euthanasia, daylight savings and water infrastructure.
He said he had received a lot of comments regarding the debate on marriage equality, and it was an issue that deserved a response from local representatives.
"As with any debate, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and there will never be complete consensus," Mr O'Dowd said.
"But regardless of anyone's opinion, each issue appearing on the survey is important and deserves serious discussion.
"I hope this survey is a step in the right direction.
"It will be conducted with transparency, and is intended to reflect the current attitudes of my electors."
Mr O'Dowd has said he didn't expect many voters in the region would have changed their minds on marriage equality, following on from a 2011 survey of 1600 people that found 90% of respondents were against changing the Marriage Act.
He said if people didn't send the survey back, "we'll put those people down as they don't care one way or the other".
An online poll on The Observer's website that has so far received 711 votes had 77% of respondents voting in favour of a change to the Marriage Act, 18% against and 4% who weren't interested in the issue.