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Potential Security Flaw Emerges Regarding Postal Survey

Same-sex marriage postal vote.

Potential Security Flaw Emerges Regarding Postal Survey @dannolan

It appears as though shining a torch on the same-sex marriage postal vote paperwork is enough to see through the envelope and reveal the vote.

One Sydney man posted the following on Twitter, jokingly claiming that he worked for Australia Post and was going to chuck out all the 'no' votes.


This was met with death threats, with Nine News reporting that the man was tracked down and hassled on Facebook.

A spokesperson from Australia Post confirmed to Triple M that despite the claims from the man on Twitter, he was "a bit of a troll" and not employed by Australia Post. This came as a response to subsequent tweets, where other users insisted that the man was a worker at the Chatswood branch.


Australia Post also provided Triple M with the following statement, assuring the security of the votes lodged.


Australia Post is confident in our capability to deliver the postal survey using the Priority mail system.

We have strong security measures in place throughout our national network.

We have undertaken a thorough review ahead of delivering the survey and will have additional security measures in place during the process. We are also working closely with the authorities to maintain the integrity of the mail network.

It is a criminal offence to tamper with mail and we work closely and on an ongoing basis with authorities to prevent theft.

The following legislative provisions cover offences relating to interference with mail: 

  • Part VIIA (‘Offences Relating to Postal Services’) of the Crimes Act 1914;
  • Part 10.5 (‘Postal Services’) of the Commonwealth Criminal Code of 1995; and
  • Part 7B (‘Dealing with Articles and their Contents’) of the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989

- statement from an Australia Post spokesperson