Around 9.2 million Australians have returned their same-sex marriage postal survey - accounting for 57.5 per cent of the forms sent out.
"So we can have a survey that reflects the values of the Australian people, who have long since believed it is time for marriage equality", he said.
The total is set to be updated weekly ahead of the November 15 results release, in a bid to encourage Australians to vote.
"The vast majority of people see that this is not a normal political question ..."
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"The rest of this campaign we will not give up any single day, making sure that everybody out there knows how important this is - this is a vote about the lives and dignity of real people", he said.
This official figure is well below that estimate by various news polls published yesterday, which suggested as much as 77% of the country could have already mailed back their survey forms. "We will keep working to ensure everyone understands the far-reaching consequences of redefining marriage", it said.
That surge was driven by young people, women and inner-city residents, The Guardian reports.
It will provide an estimated response rate every week until the postal survey closes on November 7.
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"There may be a novelty component to it for some people", he said.
But Family Court Chief Justice Diana Bryant told The Australian same sex marriage would have no effect on how the Family Law Act is applied to children.
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