'This is human rights': Frances Abbott sweats on survey

Frances Abbott was all smiles on the red carpet at Oaks Day but said on the inside she is sweating the outcome of the same-sex marriage postal survey.

"I'm waiting with held breath, fingers crossed that it's a 'yes' vote. If for some reason it is not a yes win, then it's not the end. This is not something that's going away ... it's really important, it's human rights," Abbott told Fairfax Media at Oaks Day at Flemington.

The former "first daughter" went public recently with her decision to vote "yes" in the campaign, despite Mr Abbott's strong opposition to same-sex marriage.

Frances Abbott at the Myer lunch for Oaks Day.

Frances Abbott at the Myer lunch for Oaks Day.

Mr Abbott's sister, Christine, is gay and also supports same-sex marriage.

Frances Abbott said the family didn't let their views get in the way of their personal relationships.

"I have my views, Tones has his view, aunty Chris. When we're all together we focus on the family stuff and leave the politics outside," she said.

Frances was a guest of Myer at a lunch celebrating Australian women of influence and inspiration at the department store's marquee at Oaks Day.

She said her mother, Margie, was her greatest inspiration.

"She is a goddess, I love her. She is so strong but so soft. She is kind but firm, I credit everything I am to who she is," Frances said.

Frances Abbott has recently gained a profile on the bodybuilding scene and said she generally feels more comfortable on the stage than the red carpet.

"I fell in love with that [bodybuilding] ... it was performing, I would do my little winky face. It was so much fun. All those weeks of hard work leading up to it felt awesome," she said.

The postal survey results will be released on Wednesday November 15.

This story 'This is human rights': Frances Abbott sweats on survey first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.