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Same-sex marriage: How South Australia voted


South Australians voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage in the postal survey, but there was some variation across the state. We break down the numbers.

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The percentage of South Australians who voted yes was slightly higher than the nation as a whole, as was participation.

In this state, 592,528 people voted yes, representing 62.5 per cent of the vote, compared to the national figure of 61.6 per cent.

Nationally, 79.5 per cent of eligible voters participated in the survey, while 79.7 per cent of South Australian voters returned their form to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Graphic: Leah Zahorujko/InDaily

The ABS also provided a breakdown of voting across the nation’s federal electorates.

In South Australia, every electorate voted in favour of same sex marriage, but the figures do indicate a city-country divide.

The biggest percentage of voters in favour live in the electorate of Adelaide (70.1 per cent), while the lowest yes vote was in the rural seat of Barker (52.3 per cent), which stretches from the South-East to the Riverland.

The only other South Australian seat to register a yes vote under 60 per cent was another rural seat, Grey (53.3 per cent), which covers a huge area from the Mid North, to Yorke and Eyre peninsulas, to the outback.

In metropolitan Adelaide, the smallest yes vote was in the seat of Makin (60.4 per cent), based in the city’s north-eastern suburbs.

Graphic: Leah Zahorujko/InDaily

Interstate, voters in Tony Abbott’s northern-Sydney electorate sent their local MP an unequivocal message: we don’t agree with your opposition to same-sex marriage.

The former prime minister wasn’t the only MP whose views on marriage were rebuffed by the people they purport to represent in parliament.

Western Sydney Labor MPs, who backed the right of same-sex couples to marry, were at odds with their constituents.

In Abbott’s seat of Warringah, there was a 75 per cent ‘yes’ vote – one of the highest in the country.

On the other side of Sydney Harbour, Malcolm Turnbull’s electorate of Wentworth voted 80.8 per cent in favour of change.

In Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s Melbourne seat of Maribyrnong there was a 59.9 per cent ‘yes’ vote.

Liberal MP Kevin Andrews, a prominent opponent of same-sex marriage, was at odds with his electorate of Menzies, which recorded a 57 per cent ‘yes’ vote.

The western Sydney electorate of Blaxland – held by Labor frontbencher Jason Clare – returned the lowest ‘yes’ vote in the country at 26.1 per cent despite their MP’s support for gay marriage.

Colleague Chris Bowen was also at odds with his McMahon electorate, with nearly 65 per cent voting ‘no’.

Even in the central Queensland seat of Dawson, held by conservative Nationals MP George Christensen, the ‘yes’ vote was in the majority at 55.1 per cent.

Nearly two-thirds of voters in the Brisbane electorate of Dickson voted ‘yes’, against the view of MP Peter Dutton.

– with AAP

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