On day 25 of the #DearPM project, I received the first response to my correspondence to the Prime Minister of Australia. After curating 25 submissions (so far) from different Australian people on why they support marriage equality, I received the following response:
Dear Mr O’Meara
Thank you for your recent correspondence to the Government regarding same-sex marriage.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of correspondence we are receiving on this issue, the department is unable to provide you with a personalised response.
The Government took a promise to the election that a decision on legalising same-sex marriage should be made through a vote by all Australians in a national plebiscite. The Government introduced legislation into the Parliament to enable a plebiscite to be held on 11 February 2017.
On 10 October 2016, the Government released an Exposure Draft of amendments to the Marriage Act 1961. This was the first time an Australian Government had put forward amendment to achieve same-sex marriage. Together, the Plebiscite Bill and Exposure Draft set out the Government’s approach to resolving this issue.
On 7 November 2016, the Senate voted against the plebiscite legislation. This means the plebiscite will not be held. As such, the Government will continue to progress other policy priorities.
Family Law Branch
I’m going to be honest, it sounds like they didn’t even read the letter. And I’m betting I get 29 more of these.