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Erm, So The Same-Sex Marriage Postal Vote May Not Happen

The High Court is to consider a bid by marriage equality advocates to stop the government's postal survey.

The voluntary survey was Plan B after the Senate blocked the compulsory plebiscite promised by the coalition at the 2016 election.

The government found the $122 million needed to run the survey by using laws to make an advance payment to the finance minister in circumstances where there is an urgent need for spending and the situation was unforeseen.

Same-sex marriage advocates who are taking the matter to the court argue the spending does not fit the category of either "urgent" or "unforeseen".

The advocates are also arguing the survey falls outside the powers of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which has been asked to roll it out instead of the Australian Electoral Commission which usually runs referendums and elections.

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