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AFTA backs ‘Yes’ vote in same-sex marriage poll

October 24, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

AFTA has come out in support of the ‘Yes’ campaign in the Australian marriage equality poll and is encouraging all members of the travel industry to do likewise.

AFTA’s stance is controversial because the postal survey is polarising and sometimes divisive, with some prominent church groups backing the ‘No’ side while organisations like Qantas have backed the ‘Yes’ case.

With only a couple of weeks before the poll closes, AFTA stated yesterday it “encourages all those within the travel industry who may not yet have voted to do so”.

An AFTA statement continued: “The travel industry is a diverse industry that celebrates equality within its workforce and activities when and wherever it can. It is fitting therefore that the AFTA Board have resolved to provide this support for the YES campaign”.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics “strongly encourages” all Australians to return their survey forms by this Friday, 27 October 2017, but will accept forms for the next two weeks, until the deadline: Tuesday 7 November (6pm EST) – which happens to be Melbourne Cup Day.

“Everyone in the Australian travel industry is an individual and the board respects the right of every Australian to have their say and vote as they wish in this marriage equality plebiscite,” AFTA chief executive Jayson Westbury said.

“The AFTA Board felt that it was important to make a statement of support for the ‘yes’ vote and notes that this is a unanimous decision of the directors and not necessarily the opinion of all of the members of AFTA as they are all free to have their own views and opinions on this matter.

“Diversity and equality are both very important in a modern society and Australia is a modern society. As such marriage equality is of equal importance in this modern Australia which is why the board is making this statement,” Westbury added.

The AFTA statement said the federation acknowledged fully “that each and every person is free to vote as they wish and to form their own opinion of that vote”.

Written by Peter Needham

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