Prime Minister Anthony Albanese this week announced the official date for the referendum will be October 14 2023, giving campaigners all over the nation a sharp focus on the finish line.
Only two days before the Prime Ministers statement, the Yes 23 Campaign announced the Walk for Yes events which will take place on September 17 across the country.
Jeremy Lasek, Yes 23 campaigner and volunteer, explained that the past few months have allowed time to lay the foundation and prepare for the lead up to the end date.
“On that day where the rest of the nation is walking for togetherness, we’ll be bringing together the communities of Wollongong and Shellharbour,” Mr Lasek said.
“A combination of a walk and a rally to highlight the importance of yes.”
Mr Lasek has placed his faith in the young voters throughout the country, and is encouraged by conversations he has had with Illawarra youth.
“They’re more aware, they’re better educated and in that way they’re in a better position to make a good judgement when they go to vote on October fourteenth,” Mr Lasek said.
“My view is, just as the young people carried us over the line for same sex marriage, I hope the same thing will happen with the referendum for the Voice to Parliament.”
“A deadline has not been set for the close of rolls at this stage,” Tom Rogers, Electoral Commissioner said.
“Despite enrolment rates skyrocketing and a record 97.5% of voters currently on the roll, the work is never finished. We want all eligible Australians enrolled.”
Australians are urged to update their details on the AEC website, where additional information on the referendum can be found.