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FILE PHOTO - A marcher holds aloft a sign as they participates in a marriage equality march in central Sydney, Australia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nearly 12 million Australians, or 74.5 percent of eligible voters, have voted so far in a postal ballot on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised, the Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

The poll, which began last month, is non-binding, but the government has said it will put a proposal to parliament to make Australia the 25th nation to permit same-sex marriage, if a majority of voters are in favour of it.

The postal survey closes on Nov 7.

(Reporting by Sonali Paul; Editing by Neil Fullick)

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