Swan MHR Steve Irons to vote ‘yes’ in Parliament to marriage equality


Suburbs in the electorate of Swan. Inset: Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate.
Suburbs in the electorate of Swan. Inset: Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate.

SWAN MHR Steve Irons has confirmed he will vote in favour of same-sex marriage after Australia said yes to marriage equality.

“The people of Swan have voted ‘yes’ to allow same-sex marriage,” he said.

“I’ll be backing the views of my constituents in Swan and will vote accordingly.”

In WA, 63.7 per cent of respondents voted yes in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, following 74 per cent in the ACT and 64.9 per cent in Victoria. There was strong support for same-sex marriage in the electorate of Swan, with 67.7 per cent voting yes in the survey.

Swan MHR Steve Irons.

The federal electorate of Curtin had the strongest yes vote in WA with 72.2 per cent, while Burt had the lowest with 57 per cent voting yes and 43 per cent voting no.

Fremantle and Perth both returned over 70 per cent yes votes, with Moore and Brand following in the high 60s.

Participation across the state stood at 78.4 per cent, with more women responding than men. Those aged 70 to 74 had the highest response rate, with 89.1 per cent of eligible Australians in the age group returning their papers, while the participation rate was lowest in those aged 25 to 29 at 70.3 per cent.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the people of Australia had spoken and he intended to make same-sex marriage law by Christmas.

Members of Parliament are not bound by the result, but the Government has promised to allow MPs a conscience vote on a same-sex marriage bill.

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