UPDATE 13TH SEPTEMBER: https://marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au/overseas <– Use this!

Just in case you aren’t keeping up with the news from Australia, here’s what you need to know:

  1. There is a discussion to modify the Marriage Act in order to allow for same-sex marriage to be recognised under Federal Law;
  2. The majority party (Liberal Coalition) has proposed a plebiscite (what’s that? click here) which will most probably be rejected by the Senate;
  3. This means instead, there will (subject to legal validity and approval) be a voluntary postal plebiscite with ballots mailed out on September 12;
  4. If you are living overseas, you have to be registered in order to vote in this plebiscite;
  5. Why is this important? Despite the fact that this vote is non-binding, it is important that if you believe in this proposed amendment in any way, you should make your voice heard to ensure that the Government knows where the nation sits.

So, how do you do that?

It’s really very simple but most importantly you must be registered and have completed this before August 24 (Australia time) so you have to get on to this as absolutely soon as possible:

  1. Check if and where you are enrolled at https://check.aec.gov.au/
  2. Download the appropriate form to fill in from http://www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/overseas/
  3. Submit that form online at http://www.aec.gov.au/return

As a quick aside, and in a place where I would normally keep politics aside, if you are thinking about voting “no” I would really love to chat to you about your position. Please either leave a comment below or send me an email to [email protected]

Australia needs you right now, so do the Aussie thing and vote.

For more: This article from The Conversation is a good one.

A heartfelt song to my homeland, recorded last night on my iPhone. With love. [With apologies to that fabulous, much-missed genius, Peter Allen. And thanks to Jeremy Ervine .]

Posted by Tim Minchin on Thursday, August 10, 2017