This is the last week in which the Senate’s inquiry into Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s Marriage Equality Amendment Bill will accept public submissions.
The cut-off date is April 2, so if you want to make a submission you have only six days left.
The Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is due to report back on the issue by June 6.
A 2009 inquiry into Hanson-Young’s 2009 same-sex marriage bill saw more than 20,000 submissions — a record number for an Australian Senate inquiry.
Australian Marriage Equality (AME) national convenor Alex Greenwich said it was important that opposing submissions did not outweigh supportive ones.
“So far around 10,000 Australians have put forward the case for equality, but this is still short of the 13,000 submissions against equality received by the last inquiry,” Greenwich said.
He encouraged people to get their friends and family involved.
“If you have already made your submission, please email at least five contacts asking them to make one.”
Sydney filmmaker Barry McKay has produced a video (below) in conjunction with AME which he hopes will answer questions about the inquiry and encourage more people to make submissions.
The video features Greenwich, NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby senior policy advisor Senthorun Raj and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Australia national spokeswoman Shelley Argent and her son James Argent.
AME has a dedicated web page through which you can make submissions to the inquiry at www.australianmarriageequality.com/senate-inquiry-submission-form/
In related news, close to 65,000 people have taken part in an online survey set up by the House of Representatives’ parallel inquiry into Greens MP Adam Bandt’s and Labor MP Stephen Jones’ marriage equality bills, with just over half of those doing so in support of same-sex marriage.
The House of Representatives inquiry will hold formal hearings on the issue on Thursday, April 12. The resulting report is expected to be tabled in Parliament on June 18.
The cut-off date to take part in the House of Representatives’ online survey is April 20.
The link for the House of Representatives survey is www.surveymk.com/s/spla-marriage