The Fulfilment of a Dream
“… help you in dealing with the pain and the anguish that you have handled
and carried for so many years. Thank you Mr Speaker.”
The Premier of Western Australia Colin Barnett’s words ended, and for a few seconds the silence in the beautiful high-ceilinged chamber was total, apart from stifled sobs - when suddenly, jubilant applause burst from both the
Speaker’s Gallery and overhead in the Public Gallery surrounding the floor of the chamber, seemingly never-ending, building in volume, so incredible ….. almost fantastic!
I sat numbly in the Speaker’s Gallery almost in disbelief realising it had happened – finally – after all these years! It was 4:03 pm on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010, history had been made and we were actually present to witness such a truly momentous occasion – the first of its kind in any state or territory of Australia, and I’m told, the world!
Slowly we looked at each other and rose to our feet as one, the murmurs and embraces started and tear-choked voices found themselves again after the almost reverent silence of the past hour as we had listened, interrupted only by intermittent applause for the wonderful words of recognition and bi-partisan support from the speakers of the Western Australian Parliament.
Australian Journal of Adoption Vol 2, No 3, 2010
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