MTV shut down to encourage viewers to #enrolforequality

MTV Australia will cease all regularly scheduled programming tomorrow, 24 August 2017, between 6am and 6pm to encourage Australians to enrol to vote before the deadline for The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

MTV, MTV Music, MTV Classic and MTV Dance channels across Foxtel and Fetch will shut down normal broadcast and instead play a special message encouraging people to enrol.

The website will also display an LGBTQ editorial takeover and host links to enrol at

“As a leading youth entertainment brand that supports inclusiveness and equal rights for all Australians, MTV wants to encourage young Australians to get out and do their part in ensuring their voices are heard in the Australian Marriage Law postal vote,” said Simon Bates, Head of MTV Asia Pacific.

Enrolment closes Midnight (Local Time) Thursday 24 August 2017.


  1. I’ll be voting Yes. In 1985 I met my first same sex partner and he went on to have a relationship with another man which has lasted for 30 years. His posts on Facebook expressing frustration that they cannot get married are heartbreaking and I’ll be thinking of them when I fill out that form.

  2. Oh, this brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad some people are making an effort to get the younger people engaged in this, and have been worried the deadline was too short to get enrolled. But this is encouraging news.

  3. The vast majority of people would be set in their view already. This week’s Newspoll showed 63% planning on voting yes. Roughly the same 2 to 1 ratio of support that’s been shown in polls for years.

    • The younger crowd however would be more complacent in voting, so any effort to get them to vote is worth it as they are more likely to vote yes.

    • yeah those same polls that said Hillary would win and that Brexit wouldn’t happen. We can’t really rely on those polls for anything. As it may well be a ‘no’ vote.

  4. its not a vote

    Its a postal questionnaire conducted by the ABS – it is still to be decided it it will be legal

    The result will be non binding and probably ignored if the result is not what is wanted

    Its a waste of our money which could easily have been prevented by another box to tick on the next federal election

    so I will respond to express my dissatisfaction

    • jezza the first original one

      A questionnaire…..yeah technically correct……but with just one question on one subject with a simple yes or no….sounds like a vote, looks like a vote….I guess it is a vote…..If you don’t vote you will regret it….just like all the lazy under 30s after brexit

  5. jezza the first original one

    Good idea. Even if you disagree with this vote, which I know many folk do……make sure you vote……just remember brexit and then bregret……be pragmatic

    • Absolutely, just because some may disagree with doing this survey on our tax dollar it is not the thing that should be protested against by not voting. Yes it is costly to do and a bit of waste, however it is important to have a say on, whether your vote is Yes or No it should be heard regardless of thoughts on how it is happening.

      • The boycott movement is based around rejecting the idea that people in the suburbs and regional areas should get a say in social policy and some also reject the idea of marriage as an outdated institution of an outdated society.

        • I’d be happy if they got the same recoginition as De Facto couples do. As in a say on whether their partner of 25 years can have the machine keeping them alive turned off or kept going. I’ll never forget the stress a poor male/male couple of 25 years got after one had a heart attack while in hospital having a knee operation and because they didn’t qualify as a De Facto couple because they were same sex, they couldn’t get primary care at home (his partner ould have to do it), while I was in for 5 weeks recently. While marriage may be an outdated institution allowing this may lead to them being also seen as a De Facto couple and getting the same couple rights as hetrosexual married ones.

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