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The deadline for enrolling to vote in the postal vote on same-sex marriage closes at midnight on August 24

The deadline for enrolling to vote in the postal vote on same-sex marriage closes at midnight on August 24

Australians overseas or those living in aged care or in very remote areas will have the option to vote on same-sex marriage over the phone or online.

For more information on the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey visit the ABS website or contact the information line on 1800 572 113.

Australians who are temporarily overseas may be able to complete their survey form before they leave or after they return.

Leigh went on to say that she has numerous close friends who identify as LGBT+ and it was important to her that they are given marriage equality.

The postal survey will only ask a single question, which can only be answered with a Yes or a No.

Thorpe, who came out in 2014, has been a strong supporter of marriage equality.

"Advocates for it should be asked for a better explanation than five words and the title of a Beatles song - All You Need Is Love".

The agency is not actively encouraging people to decorate their forms with glitter but they may be cleaned so they can be scanned.

"I'm in favour of it because as a conservative, I want more people to share in the institution of marriage", he said.

Turnbull urged Australians not to be "distracted by a handful of extreme or unpleasant posters or flyers" but instead to "focus on the substance of the debate".

While it's not clear when the court will hand down its decision but it's expected to be quickly as the surveys are due to be mailed from September 12.

Turnbull targeted Labor for "doing nothing" in six years of government, and defended the postal survey as fulfilment of the Coalition election promise to give Australians a say. These days we're calling it a "postal survey" instead.

On Tuesday the minister for transport and infrastructure, Darren Chester, told Sky News that young people, especially LGBTI people, faced higher suicide rates and although he would not claim same-sex marriage will "fundamentally change does send a message of acceptance and tolerance".

"I believe we have to get behind it and make sure that we have a Yes vote and certainly I will be out there strongly campaigning for a Yes vote", Joyce was quoted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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