How To Enrol In The Marriage Equality PlebisciteAug 16

Carly Tia Wedding Photography - Honeywed

Ladies and gents, it’s official. A non-compulsory, non-binding plebiscite postal vote for marriage equality is about to take place, and it’s happening really soon.

Are your details up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission? Every vote counts as the biggest movement in Australian history for same-sex marriage rolls out in September. This follows a loss by the government to restore the plebiscite bill where an absolute majority of votes were needed to win. With a 31-31 final decision, the coalition’s hope to take the plebiscite to the polling booth was diminished. Instead, you can expect a postal vote arriving in your mailbox next month. However, in order to participate, your details must be updated before August 24.

Run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, your postal vote will still be governed by your details on file with the AEC. Unlike the census, these letters won’t be delivered to every household. Instead, to each individual enrolled across the entirety of Australia with a non-compulsory system in place.

Terrifying figures outline that previous to last year’s federal election almost one million Australians weren’t on the enrolment books. This is a good indicator that if you’re one of the numbers, by enrolling you’ll definitely be making a difference.

The AEC’s campaign covering televised and radio advertisements are sure to have caught your eye and hopefully those of the newly turned 18-year-olds too.

This vote is such an important one. Love is love. As we’ve seen in other areas of the world, positive marriage equality votes have resulted in joyous celebrations where happiness is in full fruition and couples are finally able to tie the knot without the need to elope or to have their love seen as less.

So what can you do? Register to vote and put a big tick in the yes box. A basic human right surely shouldn’t have come to this however now is your chance to have your say. Say yes to marriage equality when voting in this year’s plebiscite, let’s win this one – for love!


Feature Image: Courtney & Laura by Carly Tia Photography.


More from this Author

Danielle Read · 14 posts
2 years ago
More Posts

You may also like...

Looking for Venues?

Beachside Dojo

Open in October 2014 this architecturally designed space reflects a white, crisp relaxed Hampton’s style feel – the ultimate Manly lifestyle. Similar aesthetics can also be seen at our sister venue Watsons Bay Hotel (part of the Sydney Collective) owned & operated by Fraser Short.

‘Dojo’ meaning ‘meeting place’ in Japanese is the quintessential beach side location for a special occasion. The dominant east facing space has views through the famous pine trees and sweeping views of Sydney’s iconic Manly Beach from the outdoor terraces.

Capturing romantic sunrises, the warm summer sun throughout the day and ultimate sunsets, the Beachside Dojo can play host to an exceptional and memorable event that is sure to impress your guests.

The space can hold intimate weddings of 50 or lavish affairs of 200.

Beachside Dojo - Wedding Venue - Honeywed

EarthHouse is a new, unique and complete wedding destination.

Featuring a barn-style event space, spectacular hinterland views, extensive gardens (with an 100-year-old fig tree, perfect for ceremonies) and eco-luxe accommodation – it is the perfect blank canvas for your dream wedding.

No attention to detail has been overlooked.

Gabbinbar Homestead

Welcome home. Welcome to Gabbinbar Homestead – a historic Victorian-era estate available for destination weddings. We offer all-day exclusive use, which gives you access to the luxurious Bride’s Retreat as you get ready, the choice of six stunning ceremony locations, expansive gardens for photos and
breathtaking indoor and outdoor reception locations.

Gabbinbar Homestead is located in Toowoomba, Queensland. The expansive estate is the last remaining rural block in the city, so it has the feel of being a
country wedding with the convenience of 3,000 accommodation rooms within 10 minutes drive, a major regional airport within 20 minutes and an easy 90-minute drive from Brisbane.

First established in 1864, Gabbinbar Homestead was the former Summer resort for Queensland’s governors due to its mountain-top elevation. All the historic sections of Gabbinbar are open for you and your guests to use including the Homestead, stables, garden pavilions and old-school house. Gabbinbar Homestead hosts destination weddings from all across Australia.

Our brides travel from Sydney, Melbourne and further afield for an authentic destination wedding. In particular, hundreds of South-East Queensland brides have chosen Gabbinbar Homestead for their wedding given its convenience to Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

Gabbinbar Homestead - Wedding Venue - Honeywed
Fig Tree Restaurant

From your ceremony, under a huge fig tree with the ocean, lighthouse, and Julian rocks as a backdrop, through to cocktails and canapés by the pool or lawn games and a gentle walk through the garden – your guests will feel instantly wowed, relaxed and indulged.

Established in 1981 Fig Tree is Byron Bay’s most awarded restaurant, this year again winning “Best Restaurant North coast Region” and again being a national finalist in “Best BYO Restaurant.”

Dinner can be a relaxed affair, by the pool or on the lawn under the stars ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or a more intimate dining experience in the restaurant. With a large open planned interior, the restaurant leads itself to a night of family, friends, great food and fun.

Che, Head Chef and Owner, keeps it simple with produce sourced predominantly from the restaurant’s own gardens, along with the fields, paddocks, and oceans that surround Byron Bay. In the restaurant, he combines this premium produce with his creativity and experience, gained from years spent travelling and cooking around the world.

For your wedding menu, Che will invite you to the restaurant to enjoy a six-course tasting, before sitting down with you to design a menu that reflects what is fresh, local, in season and is “the food you want to eat!!”

Fig Tree offers two houses for accommodation – The Dairy and Sunrise, both on either side of the restaurant, for you, your family or friends to get ready in or retire to.

Download Welcome Kit

Fig Tree - Wedding Venue - Honeywed