Parkes electorate goes with rest of the country in voting 'Yes'

FACTS AND FIGURES: A rundown of how the stats fared on a local, state and national level.
FACTS AND FIGURES: A rundown of how the stats fared on a local, state and national level.

Of the 150 Federal electorates across Australia, just 17 of them returned a ‘No’ vote in the Same Sex Marriage postal survey.

Twelve of those 17 were in NSW, but Parkes was not one of them.

The area represented by Nationals MP Mark Coulton is the largest electorate in the state and had a participation rate of 72.6 per cent, with 52.7 per cent of respondents voting in favour of marriage equality.

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Nationally, almost 80 per cent of eligible participants returned their non-compulsory ballot paper, with the result being 61.6 per cent in favour of an amendment to the Marriage Act.

The electorate of Sydney returned the highest ‘Yes’ vote in the state, with 83.7 of its 91,004 respondents voting in favour of the amendment.

In contrast, the highest ‘No’ vote in NSW was returned in Blaxland, which incorporates parts of Auburn, Lidcombe, Guildford and Bankstown, as well as multiple other Sydney suburbs.

In that electorate, 73.9 per cent of the 78,332 respondents voted against changes to the Act.

Of the eight states and territories, NSW returned the lowest ‘Yes’ vote with 57.8 per cent, while the highest was in the ACT, where 74 per cent of respondents ticked yes on their ballot.