Attend our Lightning Talks on the impacts of the marriage equality postal survey

The Marriage Law Postal Survey, held between September and November last year, asked the Australian public if they supported legalising same-sex marriage.

The results: 61.6% ‘yes’ and 38.4% ‘no’ responses. Following this, Australia legalised same-sex marriage.

The postal survey has had social, political and personal impacts, and these reverberations are still being felt. For example, the recent Ruddock Religious Freedom Review, it is said, will recommend that religious schools be able to discriminate in relation to students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status.

Griffith Review and Griffith Library are hosting Lightning Talks which will explore these impacts.

Our expert panel includes author Benjamin Law, critically acclaimed for his book and recent SBS TV series, The Family Law. Facilitated by prize-winning author and Griffith Review editor, Ashley Hay, the panel will bring to life the big issues, the stories around the topic and engage the audience – inviting you to join in the conversation and share your opinions.


Noon – 1.00 pm, Monday 10 December 2018


Griffith Business School, Level 4 Function Room (G42_4.23), Gold Coast Campus

To book:

Spaces for this free event are limited. Register online to secure your seat.

  • Dr Ashley Hay: Ashley Hay, editor of Griffith Review, is a prize-winning author who has published three novels and four books of narrative non-fiction. Her work has won several awards, including the 2013 Colin Roderick Prize and the People’s Choice Award in the 2014 NSW Premier’s Prize.
  • Benjamin Law: Best known for his critically acclaimed book and recent SBS TV series, The Family Law, Benjamin is a Sydney based writer, newspaper columnist and judge of Griffith Review‘s novella competition.
  • Erin Gough: A fiction writer whose novel, The Flywheel, won the Ampersand Prize and was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and the Gold Inky. Her latest novel, Amelia Westlake, won this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. She is a 2018 Griffith Review Fellow.
  • Dr Heather Faulkner: A photojournalist with over 20 years international experience and senior lecturer in the Griffith University’s Bachelor of Photography, Dr Faulkner’s social documentary research has made a significant contribution to the historical understanding of lesbian culture in Queensland.
  • Dr Michael Carden: Dr Michael Carden is a biblical scholar who is well-known for his activism in Brisbane’s LGBTQI+ community and with the UQ Queer Collective since the 1990s.