The “yes” vote for the Same-Sex marriage survey is facing heavy criticism after sending text messages to thousands of Australians last weekend.
The text message read, “The Marriage Equality Survey forms have arrived! Help make history and vote for a fairer Australia. VoteYes.org.au.”
The message was sent through a randomised computer generator and sparked concerns about privacy and whether phone numbers had been kept on a database.
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Deputy Opposition Minister, Tanya Plibersek, defended the move telling ABC’s Insiders it doesn’t hold a candle to some techniques being used by the “no” campaign.
“One of the things that is most irritating about this is people who are getting their goat up about the SMS messages coming out urging a Yes vote,” she said.
“I mean, we didn’t want this postal survey to happen, we have said all along this is a $122 million waste of money.”
Co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich, said the messages were sent using a “technology platform” which has been used by political parties for years.
“The campaign has a responsibility to encourage every Australian to post their survey and we have done this through doorknocking, media, advertising, social media and SMS messaging,” told the ABC.