The government's own National Mental Health Commission issued warnings about the surveys effects which were not acknowledged publicly.
The result of the ballot seems clear, with the Yes campaign consistently polling between 55% and 66%.
David Kalich, the head statistician at the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra, will release the results from the postal survey at midday (NZ time). The Australian economy will reap a windfall through the spin-off benefits from additional weddings, along with a slight boost to confidence, ANZ Bank said in September.
With the positive result, Turnbull, a supporter of same-sex marriage leading a party that straddles both liberal and conservative traditions, looks to have finally achieved a win against reactionaries in his party that oppose the social reform.
Hardline anti-LGBT MPs within the governing Liberal-National Coalition say they will not be conceding - even if the public gives a strong backing for equality.
The Paterson bill goes further than the Smith bill in several areas.
Cabinet minister Simon Birmingham has described the Smith bill as a "logical starting point" for a parliamentary debate on same-sex marriage. It would ensure that religious ministers and organizations do not have to administer same-sex weddings, but the religious exemptions end there.
Some Apple iPhone X units facing an earphone bug
So it is not yet clear whether the crackling and buzzing is a hardware fault or a software issue. Some iPhone X owners are noticing a troubling issue with their new phones: "crackling" audio.
Israel has denied the statement about the downed Russian drone
This is in addition to military gatherings, which the Lebanese party Hezbollah established in other posts in Syria. The Israeli military did not provide any immediate evidence that the drone was Russian-made or belonged to Syria.
Penn State football gets a late afternoon kickoff for senior day
It didn't take long for Penn State to pull off its second victory of the day after knocking off Rutgers , 35-6 in State College. His 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave Penn State a 7-6 lead with 9:32 left in the second quarter.
"A yes vote can not and should not and must not become a moment where others try to unravel existing anti-discrimination law", he said.
And it seems the idea is popular with the Australian public.
Fiona McLeod SC from the Law Council of Australia has condemned Paterson's bill, saying it takes Australians into "uncharted waters" by allowing people to refuse to provide goods and services on the grounds of "belief, thought and conscience".
Almost 80% of the eligible voters took part.
The ABS website now has more stats from the postal vote, including results by state or territory, a breakdown of who participated in the survey by age and gender.
"This is a country which celebrates diversity and part of that would be to allow equal freedoms for all of its citizens".
Of course, introducing marriage rights for same-sex couples is always a positive move in itself, ending the denial of a right that should never have been denied in the first place.