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  • Crispin Till

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    Still time to complete survey and return it to ABS

    It's the debate that has dominated headlines and the news across the country and created controversy on social media and even with the choice of entertainment ahead of the NRL grand final.

    And, it seems Aussies are very keen to have their say in the same-sex marriage survey with the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimating it has received 9.2 million (57.5 per cent) completed survey forms.

    The estimate is current as of 29 September 2017 and is indicative only as it is based on the bulk containers of returned forms and not a count of individual or processed forms.

    It does not include forms that have been posted but not yet delivered by Australia Post to the ABS.

    ABS deputy statistician and taskforce lead, Jonathan Palmer said weekly updates will be provided until the survey closes on 7 November 2017.

    Final participation figures will be available when all processing is completed and survey results are released on 15 November 2017 with Mr Palmer saying there is still time for Australians to have their say.

    The release of ABS information comes after the Cairns LGBTI Alliance raised concerns last month about the possible detrimental effect two months of campaigning would have.

    "We hope that this update will serve as a reminder to those who have not submitted their form to do so promptly if they wish to have their say," he said.

    "If you haven’t received your form, or your form is lost or damaged, please contact us via our website and we will send you a new one.

    “If you can’t access the internet, call the Information Line on 1800 572 113 (open 8am to 8pm local time seven days a week) or visit a capital city or regional form pick-up location.

    “Requests for new survey forms will close 6pm on Friday, 20 October 2017.”