**UPDATE ON THE CASE**
For two months I’d been preparing to take on the Commonwealth Government in court, to make sure 16 and 17-year-olds were given the chance to have their say on this issue. But we could never have predicted that in the same week I was preparing to file my case in the Federal Court, an amendment would be introduced in Parliament asking for precisely the same thing.
Unfortunately the amendment was defeated with both the Coalition and the Labor Party voting it down. The legal team, who were ready to represent me in this fight, have advised me that given Parliament has already made a decision on this matter, it would now be impossible for the court to override it.
Of course this is deeply disappointing for me, my mum, and all my friends who supported me — not to mention people like you, who so generously donated to help fund my case. I’d like to take this opportunity to express how deeply grateful I am to everyone who supported my legal battle.
While I didn’t succeed in court, I’m hopeful we can still win in the community. So I’ll be turning my focus towards securing a ‘yes’ vote for marriage equality. If I could ask you to do just one more thing, it’d be to make sure you say ‘yes’ to marriage equality!
But the Government is blocking him, and 50,000 other young people, from participating.
It doesn’t take much to figure out why.
That’s why we’re backing Cameron to challenge the Government’s direction to exclude 16 and 17 year olds in the Federal Court.
He’s already launched a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission, and we’ve got some of Australia’s top pro bono lawyers on our side, but we can’t do it without you.
Costs are massive in cases like this and unless we can raise the funds fast, this case won’t get off the ground and over 50,000 young people will be locked out from having their say.
We’re in a race against time to lodge the case before the postal survey is over.