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Celebrities share their devastation as Australia votes No to the Indigenous Voice to Parliament: ‘Deeply ashamed’

Australia has voted No to the Indigenous Voice to Parliament – with every single state rejecting the proposal and only the ACT voting Yes.

And celebrities who voted Yes have shared their devastation online, with many posting to social media to decry the decision. 

Former Bachelorette star Brooke Blurton, who had earlier shared her excitement as she went to the polls, wrote of her sorrow on Instagram Stories. 

‘I’m so devastated right now, but we rise and we go again…’ she wrote. 

Comedian Celeste Barber had been very vocal in her support of the Yes vote prior to the decision. 

Australia has voted No to the Indigenous Voice to Parliament - with every single state rejecting the proposal and only the ACT voting Yes. Celebrities who voted Yes shared their devastation online, with many posting to social media to decry the decision. Pictured: Thelma Plum

Australia has voted No to the Indigenous Voice to Parliament – with every single state rejecting the proposal and only the ACT voting Yes. Celebrities who voted Yes shared their devastation online, with many posting to social media to decry the decision. Pictured: Thelma Plum

A post shared to her Instagram Stories read, ‘Deeply ashamed. I am so sorry’. 

Masterchef Australia judge Melissa Leong was likewise upset, writing online, ‘Absolutely not the result we were hoping for, but it isn’t time wasted in pushing the needle forward. And so, we continue’. 

Singer Thelma Plum was openly distraught about the final vote. 

‘I have no words. I am so sad and sorry. I am thinking of every single Blak person right now. I love you and I am so sorry,’ she wrote on Instagram Stories. 

Former Bachelorette star Brooke Blurton (pictured) who had earlier shared her excitement as she went to the polls, wrote of her sorrow on Instagram Stories

Former Bachelorette star Brooke Blurton (pictured) who had earlier shared her excitement as she went to the polls, wrote of her sorrow on Instagram Stories

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'I'm so devastated right now, but we rise and we go again...' she wrote

‘I’m so devastated right now, but we rise and we go again…’ she wrote

Comedian Celeste Barber (pictured) had been very vocal in her support of the Yes vote prior to the decision

Comedian Celeste Barber (pictured) had been very vocal in her support of the Yes vote prior to the decision

A post shared to her Instagram Stories read, 'Deeply ashamed. I am so sorry'

A post shared to her Instagram Stories read, ‘Deeply ashamed. I am so sorry’

Radio and television star Abbie Chatfield also shared her thoughts, writing online: ‘Heartbreaking. Unfortunately I’m not shocked. Australia has shown its true colours. 

‘Sending love to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Worried for the fallout of this.’

Actress Magda Szubanski wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m so deeply saddened that this has been the result. To all our beautiful First Nations people… my heart goes out to you tonight. I wish this had been different. 

‘Please know that there are millions of us who love and treasure and support you, that we hear your Voice and we will continue to walk with you’.

ABC election guru Antony Green first called Tasmania for the No camp shortly after 7pm AEST, followed by New South Wales about 7.15pm and South Australia about 7.25pm.

Radio and television star Abbie Chatfield (pictured) also shared her thoughts, writing online: 'Heartbreaking. Unfortunately I'm not shocked. Australia has shown its true colours'

Radio and television star Abbie Chatfield (pictured) also shared her thoughts, writing online: ‘Heartbreaking. Unfortunately I’m not shocked. Australia has shown its true colours’

'Sending love to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Worried for the fallout of this' she added

‘Sending love to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Worried for the fallout of this’ she added

Masterchef Australia judge Melissa Leong (pictured) was likewise upset

Masterchef Australia judge Melissa Leong (pictured) was likewise upset

Actress Magda Szubanski (pictured) wrote on Twitter: 'I'm so deeply saddened that this has been the result'

Actress Magda Szubanski (pictured) wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m so deeply saddened that this has been the result’

She added: 'To all our beautiful First Nations people… my heart goes out to you tonight. I wish this had been different'

She added: ‘To all our beautiful First Nations people… my heart goes out to you tonight. I wish this had been different’

Queensland, the Northern Territory and Victoria all followed. 

Just an hour after polling booths closed in Western Australia, the result was clear enough to call the result there, too.

Devastated leading Yes campaigners Thomas Mayo and Dean Parkin slammed the No campaign’s tactics after the result became evident, telling their supporters they did the best they could in the face of ‘misinformation’. Some Indigenous Australians will now embark on a week of silence to mourn the result.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also addressed the nation alongside Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney, fighting back tears as he conceded defeat.

‘When we reflect on everything happening in the world today, we can all give thanks that here in Australia we make the big decisions peacefully and as equals, with one vote, one value,’ he said.

‘I never imagined or indeed said that it would be easy. Very few things in public life worth doing are.’

The ACT – home to Canberra, the capital – voted Yes, as did the eastern suburbs of Sydney and inner city Melbourne, according to election data.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured) addressed the nation alongside Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney, fighting back tears as he conceded defeat

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured) addressed the nation alongside Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney, fighting back tears as he conceded defeat

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