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  • Crispin Till

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    Extra 300,000 forms received by ABS in the past week


    It seems Australians were really, really, really keen to have their say on whether the definition of marriage should be changed to allow same-sex couples to wed.

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics has received an estimated 11.9 million (74.5 per cent) survey forms for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

    The ABS estimates it received an additional 300,000 forms last week, with the latest figure for the week ending 20 October.

    With form scanning now well underway, this estimate is based on a count of forms scanned rather than earlier estimates that were based on the weight of the bulk containers of returned forms waiting to be scanned.

    Forms must be received by 7 November, with final participation figures and the survey result due for release on 15 November.