In support of the planned self-disruption this evening of youth media sites Vice, Broadsheet, Junkee, The Feed and Pedestrian TV to signal to young Australians to check the electoral roll in preparation for the marriage equality postal plebiscite, Amnesty International Australia Campaigns Manager Michael Hayworth said:
“We are proud supporters of this innovative, collaborative initiative by youth media platforms which signals to young Australians that their votes are vital to winning a Yes result in the marriage equality postal plebiscite.”
The sites will replace their usual home pages with black screens or a special splash page between 5-8pm today, which default to the Australian Electoral Commission’s electoral roll.
“This initiative indicates that the time is now. Marriage equality is way overdue. There are only a few hours left in which young Australians can register to vote or change their details on the electoral roll, before it closes for the postal plebiscite,” Michael Hayworth said.
“LGBTQI Australians have already waited too long for their loving unions to be treated with dignity and respect. Let’s make 2017 the year that the Government finally reforms the Marriage Act so that Australians can join more than 1 billion other people around the world living in countries that respect and protect marriage equality.
“The youth vote is vital to this.”
Australians have until midnight on Thursday 24 August to update their voting details here: www.aec.gov.au/enrol