Arrangements for the postal survey

13 February 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN 978-1-76010-712-3

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Membership of the Committee (PDF 16KB)
Acronyms and abbreviations (PDF 50KB)
List of Recommendations (PDF 82KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 94KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Focus of the committee
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Process leading to the postal vote (PDF 226KB)

Amendments to the Marriage Act in 2004
The origin of the plebiscite
Plebiscite to postal survey
Funding the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

Chapter 3 - The conduct of the postal survey (PDF 243KB)

Precedents for surveys of this kind
Timetable of the survey mail-out
Accessibility and participation in the survey
Scrutiny of the survey
Collection and destruction of survey forms

Chapter 4 - Offensive and misleading material (PDF 247KB)

Offensive material
Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017
Government responses to complaints

Chapter 5 - Conclusions and Recommendations (PDF 82KB)
Dissenting report by Government Senators (PDF 208KB)

The legitimacy and legality of a Postal Survey approach

Appendix 1 - Submissions and additional information received by the committee (PDF 99KB)

Tabled Documents
Additional Information
Answers to Questions taken on Notice

Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 9KB)

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