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Australia has voted “yes” to legalising same-sex marriage in a landmark national postal survey on the issue.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced on Wednesday that 7.8 million Australians (61.6% of the Australian voting population) voted to support the legalising of same-sex marriage in Australia, versus 38.4% or 4.8 million who voted “no”.

All Australian states and territories recorded a majority “yes” vote, with the highest being the ACT at 74%, and the lowest being New South Wales at 57.8%.

A total of 133 of of 150 electorates had a majority “yes” vote.

Participation in the survey was 79.5% or 12.7 million people.

The result does not automatically legalise same-sex marriage, but means the government will allow a vote on a private members' bill in the parliament — a crucial step towards legislation.

Follow our live coverage of the postal survey result and reaction HERE.

More to come.

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