Locals call for equality

YES: Jess Sims and Daniel Charlton making calls to everyday Australians to have a chat about marriage equality and to encourage people to have their say in the postal vote.

YES: Jess Sims and Daniel Charlton making calls to everyday Australians to have a chat about marriage equality and to encourage people to have their say in the postal vote.

In a bid to reach one million Australians through the YES Campaign, a YES Campaign calling party – one of many held around Australia – was held in Port Lincoln on Tuesday to engage people in a conversation about same-sex marriage

With their phones at the ready, 11 volunteers attended the calling party hosted by Lightbox Coworking.

Owner Elouise Dukalskis said it was “cool” to see a number of people from the Eyre Peninsula who wanted to get involved in the YES Campaign. 

“The whole concept being, you're speaking to the general public just to have a bit of a chat and to see if people are sitting on the fence, to have a chat from their perspective, but also just reminding people that it is really important to vote and have your voice heard,” she said. 

Volunteers were provided with a script outline to help guide them through the calls to Australian landlines and mobile phones with the Port Lincoln calling party making more than 300 calls and engaging in 100 conversations.

YES Campaign regional coordinator Daniel Charlton said the majority of Australians were looking for a yes vote but history had showed postal votes and plebiscites did not reflect the majority. 

“So as much as people say they're for marriage equality, plebiscites don't necessarily reflect that.

“That's why we're holding events like this to engage the people who are for it and make sure that they do vote and they do send that form back,” he said. 

Volunteer Jess Sims was nervous about making the cold calls, and said she hated talking to people on the phone because she could not see their reactions, but her nerves quickly disappeared once she got started. 

You're speaking to the general public just to have a bit of a chat and to see if people are sitting on the fence to have a chat from their perspective but also just reminding people that it is really important to vote and have your voice heard. - Elouise Dukalskis

“It was really good, I only got one no voter and all the rest were yes’s and they were all really enthusiastic as well,” she said. 

The mail out of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey materials began on Monday and Eyre Peninsula residents can expect to receive survey materials from this week.

The YES Campaign will be hosting another calling party at Lightbox Coworking Sunday September 17 from 3pm, for more information email Daniel Charlton at daniel.charlton@equalitycampaign.org.au.

“Please come along and show your support, it will be a fun and productive afternoon,” Mr Charlton said. 

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