Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, who was a key architect of the marriage equality postal survey, has predicted a win for the ‘yes’ campaign.
Dutton said the postal vote is allowing Australians to have their say on marriage equality rather than leaving it to politicians.
“The other aspect I might say about the postal vote is that I think it gives a greater legitimacy to a significant social change and I think for same-sex couples if there is to be change, if there is to be legislative change, I think that is best to be done with the support of millions of Australians demonstrated through a ballot as opposed to a five-to-midnight crossing of the floor of four people,” he said.
Dutton is the first senior conservative cabinet minister to make a public prediction of a ‘yes’ win.
The conservative MP is against changing the Marriage Act but has previously pledged to vote for marriage equality in Parliament if the postal survey returns a majority ‘yes’ result.
The postal vote closes on November 7, with the results to be announced the following week.