Could Other Issues be Settled by a Survey? – Hope 103.2

Could Other Issues be Settled by a Survey?

Will the high participation rate in the marriage survey mean more surveys like it? Which other issues could be settled this way?

By Stephen O'DohertyMonday 20 Nov 2017Open House InterviewsNewsReading Time: 1 minute

Listen: Political Scientist Emeritus Professor John Warhurst in conversation with Stephen O’Doherty

Australia will have same sex marriage legislation by Christmas following the 61 percent yes vote in the marriage postal survey. 

Questions remain about what the final legislation will look like. Will it include safeguards for religious freedom?

The voluntary survey had an astonishing 80 percent return rate leaving political scientists to speculate as to whether this form of participatory democracy might work for other controversial issues.

Emeritus Professor John Warhurst of Australian National University spoke with Open House.