The Yes campaign has warned same-sex marriage supporters not to get complacent about winning the same-sex marriage survey.
With almost all same-sex marriage survey forms now delivered to people on the federal electoral roll, acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek says the difficulty will be making sure people actually return their forms.
“I think that the biggest threat to the Yes campaign’s success is people assuming that this is in the bag because they know that a majority of Australians support marriage equality and they think, ‘well, my vote won’t matter …. everybody else will post back their Yes vote’,” she told ABC TV on Sunday.
“Apathy is the biggest risk here.”
Cabinet minister Greg Hunt, who supports marriage equality, was optimistic but also sounded a caution, saying on Sky “nobody should ever presume an electoral outcome.”
Both sides of the debate have ramped up their campaigning in recent days.
The Coalition for Marriage launched its Victorian No campaign on Saturday night, with the event crashed by two women who kissed on stage, lips remaining locked as they were dragged off by security.
While the Yes side has started doorknocking tens of thousands of homes across the nation and raised eyebrows with an SMS campaign.
The tactic had many wondering how the campaigners got their phone numbers, but Equality Campaign’s Queensland director Peter Black defended the action.
“We are doing everything we can in our power to reach the Australian public,” he said in Brisbane on Sunday.
“The numbers were computer generated, there’s been no privacy invasion at all,” he said.
Ms Plibersek condemned bad behaviour on both sides – citing the same-sex marriage supporter who headbutted Tony Abbott in Hobart and the person who beat up Kevin Rudd’s godson for standing up for marriage equality.
But people “getting their goat up” about the Yes text messages was “ridiculous”.
“We didn’t want this postal survey to happen. And then, when the Yes campaign actually goes out and campaigns … the No campaign is saying that it is really unfair that people are urging a Yes vote,” she said.
Mr Hunt said while the news focused on “the margins and the extremes” most Australians were forming their own opinions.
“I actually think there is likely to be a moderation of the extremes because they’ve been called out,” he said.
“The message for those who are campaigning for Yes is make this about people’s right to marry and make this about acceptance.”
The Bureau of Statistics advises anyone yet to receive a form by late on Monday to contact them.
Telephone and online responses also open Monday.
The result of the voluntary postal survey on same-sex marriage is due on November 15.