Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey says the people of Australia deserve to have their say on amending the Marriage Act.
The government has decided to hold a postal vote after a move to have a compulsory plebiscite failed in the senate this week.
Mr Ramsey said it was disappointing to see the compulsory plebiscite fail to go through the senate for a second time and a postal vote would be the next best option.
“It’s very disappointing to me and it’s the fault of the Labor Party, Nick Xenophon and the other crossbenchers who opposed the plebiscite,” he said.
“On a number of big issues we have historically gone to the people.”
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will run the postal ballot.
The wording of the question is expected to be the same as the one established for the in-person vote, which is “should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to wed?”
Mr Ramsey said with the postal vote the government was allowing people to have a say on this issue.
He said a survey targeted at 18 to 30-year-olds in the Grey electorate more than two years ago showed less than 65 per cent were in favour of same-sex marriage, but 75 per cent wanted a direct say on the issue.
“I support giving everyone in Australia a say,” he said.
Mr Ramsey said hopefully the postal vote would settle the issue.
“I’d say if we had a vote in parliament, particularly if it voted no, it will be a contested issue almost immediately,” he said.
“The referendum will settle the issue for the foreseeable future.”
Australians have until August 24 to ensure they are on the electoral role and will receive the necessary documentation to participate.