Chifley and Greenway electorates vote no in postal survey despite national support for same-sex marriage

People react after watching the marriage vote result announcement at Prince Alfred Park in Sydney this morning. Picture: AAP Image/David Moir
People react after watching the marriage vote result announcement at Prince Alfred Park in Sydney this morning. Picture: AAP Image/David Moir

While the majority of the country has voted in favour of same-sex marriage, much of western Sydney remains opposed to changing the law.

NSW voted the most conservatively out of any state in the postal survey, with 58 per cent of people in favour of changing the law, compared to 62 per cent nationally.

Incredibly, 12 of the 17 electorates nationally that voted ‘no’ were in western Sydney, including the seats representing Blacktown and Mount Druitt.

In McMahon, covering parts of Blacktown, Penrith and Parramatta, only 35 per cent of voters were in favour of same-sex marriage.

Chifley MP Husic said he was committed to voting in favour of same-sex marriage despite the opposition in his electorate, where 59 per cent of people voted no.

“I respect that people will have different views on this issue however I saw this vote as an important way to maintain Australia’s inclusive tradition,” he said.

In a Facebook live video recorded at the end of October, Mr Husic said inclusion was the bedrock to Australia’s successful multicultural society.

“A lot of people say migrant communities aren’t going to support changing the marriage act. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t,” he said.

“I think they’re going to think about what we need to do, all the steps we need to take to make Australia a more inclusive nation. And voting yes in this marriage survey is one important step.”

Lindsay MP Emma Husar said her electorate had responded in a “mature” manner, bucking the western Sydney trend with a ‘yes’ vote of 56.2 per cent.

“This shows a great deal of support for LGBTIQ people in our community and around Australia that people in Lindsay have voted yes,” Ms Husar told the Penrith City Gazette this morning.

“We are one of the only western Sydney seats to have voted yes.

“It just goes to show our maturity, and the strength in leadership around issues that are sometimes different and controversial.

“I am pleased to have personally campaigned to support the yes campaign and I will always advocate for everyone to be treated equally. I am looking forward to getting this legislation passed.”

Greenway MP Michelle Rowland said the opposition in her electorate was consistent with what she had heard from voters.

She previously voted against changing the marriage act, but told the Blacktown Sun last year she had changed her mind.

“Personally, a conversation I had with a mother in Seven Hills provided me with an important perspective.  Her son is on active service in the Australian Navy and he wants to marry his partner. This man is putting his life on the line in service to Australia. Who am I, and who is any person, to say that this man should not be entitled to marry the person he loves?” Ms Rowland said.

“I will be voting in support of marriage equality when it comes before the Parliament, hopefully before the end of this year.”