Ann Sudmalis: I will be voting yes

'Yes' voters at a morning tea for the announcement of the results in Nowra on Friday. Picture: Rebecca Fist
'Yes' voters at a morning tea for the announcement of the results in Nowra on Friday. Picture: Rebecca Fist

A majority of Gilmore residents voted yes, and Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis will be doing the same when the issue is addressed in parliament.

Mrs Sudmalis had vowed not to decide on the issue, and instead, let her constituents make the decision for her.

She will carry out the wishes of 62 per cent of her constituents in upcoming months.

“I have committed to this for some months, whatever the Gilmore vote was, I would respond accordingly,” she told 2ST when the results were announced on Wednesday.

“It’s resounding a yes vote, and I will take that vote through to the house.”

When asked whether she was pleased with the survey results, she instead reflected the feelings of those with a stake in the issue.

“It will make a lot of people feel very happy, very relieved that their relationship will be recognised,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

Mrs Sudmalis was impressed with Australia’s engagement in the survey.

Nearly 80 per cent of Australians responded to the survey, and 81 per cent of Gilmore voters.

Now the public has had their say, Mrs Sudmalis believes the issue will be addressed with haste in parliament.

“This should be an issue that should go through fairly quickly,” she said.