SYDNEY — It felt like a fist unclenching when ‘yes’ boomed out over the loudspeakers at Sydney’s Prince Alfred Park, where thousands gathered to hear the result of the Government’s controversial national survey.
In the crowded hour leading up to the announcement, speakers warned the crowd to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
“When it’s a yes vote, then the real fight will begin,” declared indigenous campaigner Aunt Millie from the stage, moments after ‘no’ advocate Eric Abetz’s voice boomed out to the crowd when a news broadcast briefly appeared on the screens.
But even Abetz’s unique tones couldn’t cut through the nervousnes, and barely anyone made a peep when the prominent ‘no’ advocate’s voice appeared.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore followed Aunt Millie, urging the crowd to physically move forward and prepare for a ‘no.’
And then it was happening.
For a brief few minutes the country was wrapped in the voice of statistician David Kalisch. The tension in the crowd at St Alfred’s eased for half a second when he joked about it being the “only time millions of Australians will gather to hear from the Australia statistician”.
But it was brief, then everyone was holding their breath again.
Nervous tension rippling like electricity over water.
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“For the national results, yes responses, 7 million 817000 and 247, representing 61.6 percent of clear…” the roars from the crowds drowned out Kalisch.
From our vantage point in the centre of the crowd there was a crush of hugs and laughter and tears as well.
“I can’t believe it. I kept thinking yes but didn’t…” said one young woman to a friend before she was swallowed into a warm and generous bear hug by a group of friends.
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Source:: The Huffington Post – Australia