Statement from the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN) on the upcoming national vote on marriage equality
The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey will take place in September and October to seek the views of all eligible Australians on changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry. You may have already received your voting slip by now.
We encourage all AASRN members, who are eligible, to participate in the survey.
The Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN) is an organisation that supports research and scholarship about Asian Australian communities. The work of our members and their collaborations with creative, community and cultural groups provides us all with a better understanding of the experiences and politics of being Asian Australian. We have long supported and advocated for Asian Australian LGBTQIA initiatives and research, and many of our members are leading scholars in this area.
We are an inclusive and diverse network whose members strive to share knowledge and expertise to counter racism, discrimination, and bigotry. The prevalence of hate-speech that has been aired – and encouraged by some quarters – during this time against LGBTQIA groups and individuals is unacceptable and reprehensible.
We are well aware of the distress and anxiety this postal vote has caused in our communities, and are making this statement as an act of allyship and solidarity.
Issued by the AASRN Executive:
Professor Jacqueline Lo, ANU (Chair) | Dr Tseen Khoo, La Trobe University (Convenor) | Associate Professor Olivia Khoo, Monash University | Dr Dean Chan, Curtin University