Snapshot of Marriage and Divorce in Australia

The National Alliance of Christian Leaders (NACL) reports on new marriage statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The Stats show that divorces in Australia are down 2.6% at 48,935 divorces. 23,619 divorces involved 43,867 children under the age of 18. The median duration of marriage to divorce is 12.2 years.

The stats suggest that 78% of all married couples had lived together prior to marriage. 

For the ABS report, Marriages and Divorces, Australia 2011 released 30 Nov click here

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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Homosexual Bill in WA

GREENS MLC, Lynn MacLaren has given notice that she will move that a Bill (Marriage Equality Bill 2012) for “An Act to provide for marriage equality, including the authorisation of celebrants, the registration of same-sex marriages via an amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998, and to provide for the dissolution and annulment of same-sex marriages and for related financial matters via amendments to the Family Court Act 1997.” be introduced and read a first time. It will not be debated until after the state election in March 2013.

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Netherlands new Lesbian Parenthood Law

The Dutch House of Representatives has accepted  (2 Nov) a bill from State Secretary Teeven which provides for a situation where the partner of the mother of the child (duo mother) can become a legal parent without having to go to court. The duo mother can become the legal parent automatically by means of marriage if the sperm donor is unknown. The Govt says the central focus of the bill is the interest of the child. The Govt says that each year 200-400 mothers will makes use of this new law. For Govt press release click here. 

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Tassie Same Sex Marriage Bill defeated

The Tasmanian Upper House has voted against a same-sex marriage bill.  The Lower House had become the first Australian parliament to pass a bill to legalise same-sex marriage. The bill was co-sponsored by Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim.

 

 

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Homosexual Bill in WA

GREENS MLC, Lynn MacLaren has given notice that she will move that a Bill (Marriage Equality Bill 2012) for “An Act to provide for marriage equality, including the authorisation of celebrants, the registration of same-sex marriages via an amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998, and to provide for the dissolution and annulment of same-sex marriages and for related financial matters via amendments to the Family Court Act 1997.” be introduced and read a first time. It will not be debated until after the state election in March 2013.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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State Homosexual Marriage Laws Unconstitutional

Murdoch University senior lecturer in constitutional law and associate dean (research) Augusto Zimmermann reports in News Weekly (Oct 13 2012) that the push by Labor and the Greens to introduce same sex “marriage” laws in State Parliament is unconstitutional. He writes that any such legislation would be subject to disallowance by the High Court as the Australian Constitution gives the Commonwealth parliament authority to makes laws with respect to marriage. For the latest update on moves by the Greens and Labor to introduce state legislation see Submissions/Petitions below.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Homosexual Bill in WA

GREENS MLC, Lynn MacLaren has given notice that at the next sitting of the WA Upper House she will move that a Bill (Marriage Equality Bill 2012) for “An Act to provide for marriage equality, including the authorisation of celebrants, the registration of same-sex marriages via an amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998, and to provide for the dissolution and annulment of same-sex marriages and for related financial matters via amendments to the Family Court Act 1997.” be introduced and read a first time. It is possible that it could be debated in late October or late November.

More details to follow in Gleanings.

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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Marriage Bill defeated

The first federal vote to change the Marriage Act was defeated on Sept 19, 2012 in the House of Representatives 98 votes to 42 votes. Those who voted in favour of same-sex marriage included the member for Brand, Gary Gray and member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke. For full voting list click here.

CultureWatch’s Bill Muehlenberg writes in response to the win. Click here for his article.

Action: Saltshakers asks that people write to Senator Cory Bernardi, who has been outspoken in this oppositition to same sex marriage and has been the target of intimidation and attacks. Saltshakers says the pressure led to Senator Bernardi resigning as parliamentary secretary. Saltshakers asks that you offer your support to him for his comments. Email senator.bernardi@aph.gov.au or go to his contact page.

Saltshakers also asks that you write to Tony Abbott asking him to reinstate Cori Bernardi and to stand for truth and not compromise. tony.abbott.mp@aph.gov.au

 

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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Gary Gray’ s Marriage U-Turn

FamilyVoice reports in its July 2012 WA newsletter Western Lowdown that Brand MHR Gary Gray has come out in support of homosexual ‘marriage’ after earlier this year telling FamilyVoice representatives that he was in ‘violent agreement’ with them and urged the church to awake from its slumber on this issue. Gary Gray’s electorate covers the area south of Rowley Road, south to just north of Mandurah and includes Rockingham. Contact details for Gary Gray are here.

To donate to FamilyVoice click here.

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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People trafficking into Australia

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has released its second Trafficking in persons monitoring report and a research paper, People trafficking in Australia.

Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the Gillard Government was serious about tackling people trafficking which is why new laws to criminalise forced marriage, forced labour and organ trafficking were introduced into the Parliament.

“These reports show that people are not only trafficked for sex but for forced labour, servile marriage and domestic servitude,” Ms Roxon said.

Federal Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins said the vast majority of trafficking victims were women trafficked for sexual exploitation (68% of police investigations and 81.4% of program clients).

For Govt press release click here.

For AIC report, Trafficking in Persons monitoring report: January 2009-June 2011 click here.

For AIC report, People Trafficking in Australia click here.

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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