State and Federal Hills members react to area’s overwhelming ‘yes’ vote

LOCAL MPs have reacted to yesterday’s result of the same-sex marriage survey, with Australia voting a resounding ‘yes’ to change the marriage law.

Almost 80 per cent of eligible Australians voted in the postal survey, with 61.6 per cent of people across the country voting ‘yes’ and 63.7 per cent of people in WA supporting the vote.

Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said she was so happy with the result.

“I’m so pleased that the postal survey showed such strong community support for marriage equality, particularly in the local Federal seats of Pearce and Hasluck,” she said

“I just hope that the Federal Parliament now moves swiftly to legislate.

“We’ve waited long enough and wasted enough taxpayers’ money on something that should have been done a long time ago.”

Federal member for Pearce Christian Porter said he had personally voted ‘yes’ to change the marriage law.

“Australians have wanted to have their say on this issue and with an overall participation of 59.5 per cent it is with absolute certainty that they have,” he said.

“In Pearce the participation rate was 76.3 per cent with 63.9 per cent voting ‘yes’.

“I will be keeping a close eye on the levels of protections that are built into the private members’ bill for religious organisations and churches.”

Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt said his electorate had spoken, with 62.4 per cent of the 79 per cent who took part voting ‘yes’.

“My electorate has spoken and I have always said I would respect the majority vote of those I represent in Hasluck,” he said

“Approximately 79 per cent of my electorate took part in the survey and of those, 62.4 per cent said ‘yes’ to changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry.

“I will support this majority view and would like to thank my electorate for taking part in the survey and having their say.”