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Enrol to vote now to have your vote counted on marriage equality postal survey

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Enrol to vote now to have your vote counted on marriage equality postal survey

[Media Release] The Federal Government has called for a postal survey on the issue of marriage equality in Australia.

To participate in this survey that will be held in September, Australians must register to vote with the Australian Electoral Commission by August 24. This means that you have less than 10 days to enrol or update your details if you want the Government to hear your voice on marriage equality.

At the 2016 Federal Election, 18 – 24 year olds were the most under represented age group for voter registration. Currently, nearly half of 18 year olds, and nearly 350,000 young people are not enrolled to vote. According to the Galaxy research, 81% of young people support marriage equality.

USASA will have iPads across all our metro campus counters for students to enrol to vote or update their details on the spot. The counters will also have paper forms that you can take with you and post for free at any Australia Post outlet or mailbox using the enclosed reply paid envelope.

Students will also be out every day across our metro campuses helping people to sign up on the electoral roll.

The University of South Australia Student Association is listed as a supporter of marriage equality through the Australian Marriage Equality website.

“USASA supports marriage equality and while we understand this is a difficult vote to be had, we urge everyone to enrol to vote to make sure your voice is heard,” says the USASA President Kayla Dickeson.

“I will be voting yes and I hope I can encourage everyone to vote yes too. USASA supports the well-being of our students and we understand this is a hard time for the queer community, but we are always a safe, open space for our students”.

You can also enrol to vote or update your details online through the following links:

If you are feeling distressed, you can access UniSA’s free counselling appointments by booking online or over-the-phone - http://w3.unisa.edu.au/counselling/MakeanAppointment.html.

You can also access the following services:

QLife: 1800 184 527, 3pm-12am [LGBTI people of all ages]
headspace: 1800 650 890 [people aged 12 – 25 years and their families]
Lifeline: 13 11 14 [crisis counselling and suicide prevention]
beyondblue: 1300 22 4636 [anxiety and depression]
The MindSpot Clinic: 1800 61 44 34, 8am-8pm (Mon-Fri), 8am-6pm (Sat) [anxiety and depression]
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78 [for men]
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 [ages 5 – 25]

For any further enquiries, please contact:
USASA President Kayla Dickeson on Kayla.Dickeson@unisa.edu.au or (08) 8302 2880.