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The Australian Bureau of Statistics’s Chief statistician David Kalisch announcing the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

What the numbers say (and don’t say) in the same-sex marriage survey

Not everyone who could vote did vote in the voluntary postal vote on same-sex marriage. So what can we draw from the result if only four out of five eligible Australians took part?
It’s important to speak to your kids about the same-sex marriage debate, but how much and what will depend on their age and level of interest. Shutterstock

How to talk to your kids about today’s same-sex marriage postal survey result

Australia voted Yes to legalising same-sex marriage today, and it's more important than ever to talk to your children about same-sex marriage and relationships.
The YES vote will mean many workplaces should update their HR policies to reflect changing laws and attitudes toward same-sex marriage. AAP

How the ‘yes’ vote will impact workers and HR

The yes vote in the marriage equality postal survey will have broad reaching implications - including into LGBTIQ+ policies in the workplace.
Members of the original 1978 Sydney Mardi Gras in 2008. Older gays and lesbians grew up in more radical times, and some don’t support same-sex marriage. AAP Image/Jane Dempster

Gay rebels: why some older homosexual men don’t support same-sex marriage

When it comes to same-sex marriage, there's a big gap in support between old and young gay men. Older gay men often see marriage as conservative, and fear marriage will create a "gold standard" for gay relationships.
Our first episode of Trust Me, I’m An Expert tackles the debate unfolding as Australia contemplates changing the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couple to marry. Axel Heimken/dpa

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: a lawyer, a biblical scholar and a fact-checker walk into the same-sex marriage debate…

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Episode 1. The Conversation, CC BY-ND81.9 MB (download)
In this episode of Trust Me I'm An Expert, we're wading into the same-sex marriage debate with experts on the Bible and the law, and fact-checking claims that kids do best with a mother and a father.
This pamphlet, authorised by the Australian Conservatives, was received in a letter box in a Victorian suburb in September. Supplied

FactCheck: will Safe Schools be ‘mandatory’ if same-sex marriage is legalised?

'Vote No' campaign material distributed by the Australian Conservatives claims that if same-sex marriage is legalised, the Safe Schools program will be 'mandatory in schools'. We looked at the facts.
If people want commodities like: love, company, doing tasks together, they are better off if marriage is permitted. David Crosling/AAP

What economics has to say about same-sex marriage

It's better for the economy for more people to be married because of productivity and efficiency gains. This whole framework doesn't require people to be of the same or different sex.
On this podcast, academic experts separate the signal from the noise, the data from the anecdotes, explain the science, look at the peer-reviewed evidence and ignore the media hype. The Conversation

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: a new podcast from The Conversation

Everything from the curious to the serious. The Conversation, CC BY-ND4.16 MB (download)
A new monthly podcast from The Conversation, where we bring you the most fascinating, surprising stories from the academic world.
Bill Shorten will be buoyed by the latest Newspoll figures, which show Labor increasing its lead over the Coalition. AAP/Joe Castro

Labor widens Newspoll gap as marriage vote tightens

Labor extends its crucial two-party preferred lead over the government, while in the marriage equality postal survey, the 'yes' case appears to be losing its advantage.

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