Voters haven't only just started rolling their eyes at politicians. Since the 1970s, more than half of Australian voters have said their representatives are looking after themselves.
Independent candidate Rebekha Sharkie says she has had to be "clever and resourceful" in a tough campaign against Liberal Georgina Downer, as the Prime Minister backs Ms Downer to return for the next federal election.
Even if secular law changes to allow same-sex couples to marry, churches are protected by religious freedom to choose who they will — or will not — allow to marry.
The same-sex marriage campaign is seeing some shocker claims and incidents on both sides. But the SMS blitz by the Yes camp was certainly not among them, writes Michelle Grattan.
It is sometimes argued that attitudes to same-sex marriage are deeply entrenched and attempts to alter them are pointless. However, research suggests peoples' views are more malleable than first thought.
The same-sex marriage survey is a rare example of direct democracy — albeit non-compulsory and conducted by mail, writes Michelle Grattan.