Deputy Labor leader says apathy is still one of the biggest threats to a yes vote on the same-sex marriage postal survey and that’s why marriage equality supporters remain nervous about the outcome.
Tanya Plibersek says greatest threat to same-sex marriage is apathy, while rejecting claims the worst behaviour has come from the yes side
Plibersek joined the queue of politicians condemning any violence as “unacceptable” and said that included the alleged assault on Kevin Rudd’s godson by a supporter of the no campaign.
She also maintained Tony Abbott was wrong to claim the majority of the “bad behaviour” seen during the campaign came from yes campaigners.
She said Abbott’s claim that marriage equality advocates were to blame for most of the “bullying” seen so far during the campaign was “quite wrong”, mentioning cases where yes campaigners had been spat at, or had their homes vandalised.
But she saw apathy as the biggest threat to the yes campaign.
“I’ve been nervous the whole way,” she told ABC’s Insiders. “I think it’s going to be very interesting to see the level of turnout.
“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, you know, everybody else will post back their yes vote’.
“It is absolutely critical that every single person who gets a ballot paper in their letterbox fills it in and send it back. Apathy is the biggest risk here.”
Marriage equality supporters spent the weekend door-knocking thousands of homes across Australia, as well as hitting send on a mass text message campaign urging a yes vote for a “fairer Australia”, just hours after Abbott used his alleged attack to press his case for the no campaign.