It was the result that stopped the nation.
Millions of ns across the country stopped and tuned in to hear the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey delivered by n Statistician David Kalisch from the n Bureau of Statistics.
The announcement was scheduled for 10am on Wednesday morning, but ns had to wait a little longer to hear the verdict.
And while it just took a bit over four minutes, to many who had been waiting months – or years – to hear the result, it felt like an eternity.
Mr Kalisch began the announcement with an introduction of himself and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, paying his respects to elders past and present.
He then explained the role of the ABS.
“As the nation’s official statistical agency, the ABS provides trusted, relevant, objective statistics to inform ‘s important decisions,” he said.
“ABS statistics provide quality information about our society, our population, the economy and the environment.”
He had the nation’s attention, but people were getting impatient.
Within minutes of the announcement starting social media users were commenting “oh hurry up”, “I can’t wait anymore, just say already” and “just tell us already mate”.
After 529 words and a little over four minutes into the press conference Mr Kalisch delivered the news everyone was waiting to hear: 61.6 per cent of votes were yes and 38.4 per cent were no.
The conference went for about 12 minutes in total and the end was a sigh of relief for majority of the country, especially Mr Kalisch. GET ON WITH IT !??? Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01) November 14, 2017Hi @RobOakeshott1. Did you write this for the ABS guy? Does he have 12 minutes to go? #SSM??? Dean Winter (@DeanWinter4) November 14, 2017If he brings out the graphs I’m going to start yelling #ssm??? Kip Stewart (@kipstewart) November 14, 2017Honestly mate. Shut up. #SSMA2017#SSM??? Max Dudley (@iamMaxDudley) November 14, 2017When does the orchestra start to drown out this speech by the ABS fellow?#SSM??? Gerard Henderson (@GerardHendersen) November 14, 2017Don’t need an ad for the ABS mate.??? Bhakthi (@bhakthi) November 14, 2017I know this is your time to shine ABS guy but please, please just get to the point!??? Estelle Griepink (@EstelleGriepink) November 14, 2017I for one love hearing about the ABS??? Angus Livingston (@anguslivingston) November 14, 2017Cmon Mr Statistician, give us the result… #YesForEqualityhttps://t苏州夜场招聘/NV6lnQaGsk??? Philip Dalidakis MP (@philipdalidakis) November 14, 2017I didn’t know we had a Chief Statistician in , but I did appreciate his jokes (and awkwardness) on his 5 minutes of fame to deliver the offical results on the #SSM postal vote #VoteYES#auspol??? Sarah Wickham (@sarahjwickham) November 14, 2017The @ABSStats Chief Statistician stretched out the #SSM result. It was like a paper presentation at a conference (I almost nodded off). I’m surprised he didn’t have a PowerPoint presentation ??????????? Mark Holdsworth (@neophema1) November 14, 2017
We’re live at n Bureau of Statistics for the result of the same-sex marriage postal vote survey, where we found out 61.6 per cent of ns have voted yes.Posted by The Canberra Times on Tuesday, November 14, 2017