As the Australian Bureau of Statistics has released figures showing that more than two thirds of marriage equality ballots have been returned, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that the numbers show the survey was the right thing to do.

In an interview on The Today Show this morning, Turnbull said that while he would like to see a ‘yes’ result, he is more pleased with the voting turnout.

“Well, certainly, Lucy and I voted ‘yes’ and I’d be delighted if there was a ‘yes’ vote recorded,” he said.

“But above all, I am so pleased that Australians are embracing this survey. Already we know from the ABS that over 67 per cent have returned their ballot papers. So we may well see a participation rate over 70 per cent.

“That would be extraordinary. That will prove that we were right. Australians did want to have their say and they’re having their say.”

Polls continue to suggest a ‘yes’ victory is likely, with the latest results showing 59 per cent of people say they voted ‘yes’, while only 38 per cent claim to have voted against marriage equality.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics recommends voters return their ballots by October 27, before the survey closes on November 7.

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