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Government says Yes to Braddon street party to celebrate survey result

By Ian Bushnell - 14 November 2017 23

Lonsdale Street in Braddon will be closed off tomorrow night for a street party to celebrate what organisers are expecting to be a Yes vote in the marriage equality survey.

Hopscotch Bar owner Kate Parkinson said what was at first a private function for the Yes campaign took on a life of its own thanks to Facebook where at last count up to 2,000 people had said they would be joining the party.

She said Australian Marriage Equality had approached the bar to hold its survey results party but four days ago they advised that the expected numbers had exceeded the Hopscotch Bar’s capacity.

The group then asked the ACT Government about closing Lonsdale Street and received approval to close part of the road near Hopscotch Bar from 6 pm.

“From a chilled in-house private party it has turned into a full-blown street party,” Ms Parkinson said.

She said the entire top half of Lonsdale Street would be chalked into a rainbow, Braddon food and drink vendors would host portable food vans and pop-up bars and DJs brought into to entertain the crowd.

Hopscotch will be festooned with ‘Yes’ posters, balloons and rainbows; beer taps rebadged ‘Yes’, ‘Si’, ‘Ja’, ‘Oui’ etc., and an ‘Equality’ cocktail will be served.

Guests will include prominent Yes campaign politicians including ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Senator Penny Wong and Senator Dean Smith, who are listed to speak.

Ms Parkinson isn’t expecting a No victory but even that wouldn’t dampen the spirit of everyone involved.

“Everyone has worked really hard to get this where it is, and hopefully it’ll be a Yes vote,” she said.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to have the same rights with their loved ones as part of being a free nation.”

Transport Canberra and City Services advises that  a small section of Lonsdale Street in both directions will be closed between Elouera Street and Cooyong Street from 6pm till 11pm.

Alternative routes will be in place along Mort Street and Torrens Street, and signage and barriers will be in place to alert motorists of the closure.

The Hopscotch Bar party kicks off from 5pm, with celebrations moving on to the street after 6pm.

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23 Responses to
Government says Yes to Braddon street party to celebrate survey result
Roksteddy 1:25 pm 16 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

given less that 50% of eligible voters voted yes.

You would need to get 94.99% of the remaining eligible voters to vote no to change the result

runtheredlight 1:17 pm 16 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

Funny how all the responses to my post came after the result of the survey was announced. None of you had the confidence to speak up before, did you and given and given less that 50% of eligible voters voted yes I don’t blame you.

I didn’t happen see you make that comment earlier than yesterday. By waiting for the official result, I was also able to give numbers, as I’m sure if I had spoken up earlier, you would have said that in your experience “yes” voters were still the exception and not the norm.

The ACT response rate was 82% of eligible voters, not “less than 50%”, and actually I’m not sure where you got your figure as the ABS recorded a national total of 80% of eligible voters as having returned surveys.

Roksteddy 1:07 pm 16 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

Funny how all the responses to my post came after the result of the survey was announced. None of you had the confidence to speak up before, did you and given and given less that 50% of eligible voters voted yes I don’t blame you.

Well as I didn’t see your comment until late this morning it was a bit difficult for me to reply before the announcement. I’m not on here as often as you are. And that’s a VERY creative use of statisics! Maybe you should have included what percentage of eligible voters voted no? I don’t think there is any way that you can deny it was an emphatic victory for yes (I’m sure you’ll give it a go).

Garfield 1:04 pm 16 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

Funny how all the responses to my post came after the result of the survey was announced. None of you had the confidence to speak up before, did you and given and given less that 50% of eligible voters voted yes I don’t blame you.

I still haven’t met nor do I personally know anyone who claims to have voted yes. And JM, I don’t read the Telegraph or listen to 2GB – I have said many times that I read the Canberra Times daily and listen to ABC 666. I don’t agree with a lot they say but I am mature enough to make my own mind up about important things and I don’t rate SSM as important.

dungfungus said :

Funny how all the responses to my post came after the result of the survey was announced. None of you had the confidence to speak up before, did you and given and given less that 50% of eligible voters voted yes I don’t blame you.

I still haven’t met nor do I personally know anyone who claims to have voted yes. And JM, I don’t read the Telegraph or listen to 2GB – I have said many times that I read the Canberra Times daily and listen to ABC 666. I don’t agree with a lot they say but I am mature enough to make my own mind up about important things and I don’t rate SSM as important.

Of the people I know personally where I know how they voted, more than twice as many responded Yes compared to No. Have you heard the expression decisions are made by those who turn up? Of the 79.5% who responded, 61.6% were Yes and 38.4% No. That’s a very strong majority. Another way of looking at it is to look at the electorate results. If it was an election on the single issue the result would be 133 seats to 17 in the parliament.

Roksteddy 10:27 am 16 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

I still don’t know anyone who has admitted to voting “yes”.

I voted yes
My entire family voted yes.
Everyone at my workplace voted yes (so they say – I tend to believe them)

mcs 8:59 am 16 Nov 17

Pauly said :

And in 5 years time you will be hard pressed to find anyone who will admit to voting ‘No’.

It will be as socialy acceptable as admitting you supported apartheid. (and so it should be).
I’ll still be here in 5 years time and so will most of my 4800000 or so friends. We’ll still say the same thing.

And the world won’t have fallen in, the stars wont have come a crashin’ to earth, and the large majority will reflect on it as ‘what was all that fuss about?’…

Garfield 8:13 am 16 Nov 17

Pauly said :

And in 5 years time you will be hard pressed to find anyone who will admit to voting ‘No’.

It will be as socialy acceptable as admitting you supported apartheid. (and so it should be).
I’ll still be here in 5 years time and so will most of my 4800000 or so friends. We’ll still say the same thing.

NZ introduced SSM in 2013 and then deputy PM Bill English opposed it. During our campaign he said that he had had a change of heart and that in hindsight, allowing same sex couples to legally wed did not devalue the institution of marriage. The likelihood is that within 5 years some of the 4.8m who voted no will have changed their minds and others will have passed away. Those kids currently aged 13-17 will have reached voting age and the younger age groups have higher than average levels of support for SSM.

The level of opposition to SSM is set to continue decreasing as it has done since 2004. At that time 44% opposed and 38% supported it according to Newspoll. I’m not going to be so bold as to support the contention that in 5 years no one will admit to voting No. As in all social changes like slavery, women’s suffrage, apartheid, mixed race marriage, indigenous voting etc, there will be people who cling to their opposition till the day they die, but they will represent an ever shrinking minority.

dungfungus 8:09 am 16 Nov 17

Funny how all the responses to my post came after the result of the survey was announced. None of you had the confidence to speak up before, did you and given and given less that 50% of eligible voters voted yes I don’t blame you.

I still haven’t met nor do I personally know anyone who claims to have voted yes. And JM, I don’t read the Telegraph or listen to 2GB – I have said many times that I read the Canberra Times daily and listen to ABC 666. I don’t agree with a lot they say but I am mature enough to make my own mind up about important things and I don’t rate SSM as important.

Pauly 7:59 pm 15 Nov 17

And in 5 years time you will be hard pressed to find anyone who will admit to voting ‘No’.

It will be as socialy acceptable as admitting you supported apartheid. (and so it should be).

I’ll still be here in 5 years time and so will most of my 4800000 or so friends. We’ll still say the same thing.

MERC600 2:33 pm 15 Nov 17

“”Government says Yes to Braddon street party to celebrate survey result “”.

I’d be thinkin there wasn’t much money put on the Government saying no.

John Moulis 11:01 am 15 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

I still don’t know anyone who has admitted to voting “yes”.
(Labor Party?).

Perhaps you should get some new friends who don’t listen to 2GB or read the Daily Telegraph.

Holden Caulfield 10:57 am 15 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

I still don’t know anyone who has admitted to voting “yes”.

I voted Yes.

No_Nose 10:36 am 15 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

I still don’t know anyone who has admitted to voting yes. .

And in 5 years time you will be hard pressed to find anyone who will admit to voting ‘No’.

It will be as socialy acceptable as admitting you supported apartheid. (and so it should be).

runtheredlight 10:06 am 15 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

I still don’t know anyone who has admitted to voting “yes”.

74% of the ACT voted “yes”, Dungers 🙂

dungfungus 6:19 pm 14 Nov 17

I still don’t know anyone who has admitted to voting “yes”.

And as accessing Braddon has become next to impossible I certainly won’t be joining the party
(Labor Party?).

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