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The Great Aussie Marriage Stalemate

Did the LNP ever really think that they would survive another term in office, without folding to the will of the people on the issue of Same Sex marriage?

The LNP has literally painted itself into a no-win corner, but of course, they always knew this is where it would end up. Sadly, the inevitable changes to the Marriage Act were always going to come at a huge price, and in this instance it was $122 million, notwithstanding the last decade of costly debate.

So will the law actually change, once the results of the latest opinion poll are in? The answer is the LNP have no choice. If they decide to ignore the poll results (which is currently running at a resounding 'Yes'), then Malcolm Turnbull will most definitely have signed his party's 'exit pass'.

But the best part is the 'stalemate' that the government has brought upon itself. The LNP is beholden to their conservative stakeholders and donors, as well as being beholden to the people (hey...remember us Mr Turnbull?). In reality, the LNP is not bound by either stakeholder, yet they are almost obligated to push the law through.

If they decide to do nothing with the poll result, then the ALP will eat them alive. Game on!
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How to waste the public purse

There are few bigger wastes of money, than the recent non-compulsory postal vote regarding same sex marriage debate. It's borderline criminal, that the LNP is selecting to delay the debate further, by forcing a vote that has no point whatsoever.

The LNP argues this is not a plebiscite, calling it a postal vote (or survey). It is merely an advisory measure, with absolutely no binding effect on the statutory law in question. In the case of Same Sex Marriage, it is almost inevitable now that the law will change, so why take the additional step of having a postal vote.

The LNP argues they are giving the Australian public their say on the issue. If this is the case, why not have an electronic voting system, either via social media, a website poll, or some other electronic means? Most people could tell the government instantly their views.

Why has the LNP decided to go for such an archaic draconian means of voting? Considering the absurd cost, and the fact we all know the result anyway, perhaps our politicians should do what we elected them to do.

Represent the views of the people who elected them.
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Is Marriage Dying?

The rapid decline of marriage popularity in Australia since 1970, is quite remarkable. So what is it that has changed?

The first and most obvious factor, is the arguable shift away from the values of the catholic church. This is evident from the statistics that underpin the number of weddings now performed by civil celebrants.

In 1970, denominational weddings would have comprised 95% of all marriage ceremonies. In 2017, denominational weddings have plummeted to less than 20% of all marriage ceremonies.

This seems to have coincided with a gradual decline in the popularity of marriage. Less than 12% of all de facto relationships, currently progress to marriage.

There is also a cultural shift, where couples now live together before marriage, fornicate before marriage, and have children before marriage. Something that would've been frowned upon in 1970, and the years prior.

The other obvious factor that has led to the decline in marriage popularity, is the financial pressure that has traditionally shifted from the father of the bride, to the couple itself.

With the skyrocketing price of housing, childcare and utilities, it is no wonder that couples are choosing not to get married. #marriage #celebrant #weddings
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Gay Marriage - How Many will Really Marry?

Whatever your point of view regarding same sex marriage, you would have to be asking yourself 'will gay people actually rush-out to be married?', once same sex marriage laws are passed in Australia.

Same sex couples are exactly the same as hetro-sexual couples, in that they wish for the same outcome in life....'happiness'. If getting married will absolutely lead to this outcome, then expect a 'mad rush' on same sex marriages (once the Australian Marriage Act is modified).

If not, then expect that nothing much will change. In much the same way that heterosexual couples wouldn't necessarily race out and get married if given the chance.

In fact, heterosexual marriage is on the decline, reducing at a rate of approximately 5% per year, over the past 3 years, from a total pool of about 110,000 solemnised marriages each year.

In Australia, marriage has been gradually declining in popularity since 1970, however the more interesting statistic that underpins this is, how many couples are actually living de facto and not getting married?

There is currently around 1.7million de facto relationships in Australia, showing a massive disconnect from those relationships that are progressing to marriage. Clearly, it is more desirable to live de facto than it is to marry, the statistics are undeniable.

The case in point, is that despite the looming changes to the Marriage Act to allow same sex marriage, it is probable that only a tiny percentage of gay couples will actually follow through and be legally married, once the laws are passed.

If de facto heterosexual statistics are anything to go by, then we can expect that around 12% of all gay couples will progress to marriage once the Marriage Act is modified.

Written by Tim P Manger
Marriage Law Expert

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The same sex marriage debate in Australia is about to get very interstng, as the LNP's real stance is about to be forced.

It has become increasingly obvious that the conservative factions and vested interests are putting enormous pressure on the prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is in turn forced to threaten his party colleagues with preselection, if they attempt to cross the floor during a procedural vote on the issue.

The national plebiscite is an expensive and pointless exercise, designed to delay the debate and the inevitable, however the procedural vote next week in the parliament, could be a game changer if upheld.

Furthermore, if the vote is successful it could quickly lead to the passing of legislation to amend the Marriage Act, it may also inadvertently trigger a leadership spill in the LNP.

For a party that argues about how much it supports Same Sex Marriage, there certainly seems to be some serious political fallout about to ensue.

In the words of 80% of Australia voters, lets get on with it and change the Marriage Act now.

Article by : Tim P Manger
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How much does it cost to hire a Civil Celebrant in Melbourne?

This is one of the most common questions I get asked, but often the answer is not as simple as clients expect. There are several factors to consider when determining the price point of a Civil Marriage Celebant:

1) What experience does the Civil Celebrant have?

Not all Celebrants are created equal, and experience is an important factor in determining price. How long have they been practicing as a Celebrant? Have the worked in front of audiences before? Are they articulate, engaging, humorous or professional? Are they equipped to handle sudden unexpected nuances during the ceremony? Do they have experience with rituals, readings, music, sound systems, microphones, audio, vows, and relational or denominational requirements?

2) How well do they understand Marriage Law?

Believe it or not, there is a huge variation in the understanding that each Civil Celebrant has with regard to the Australian Marriage Act 1961 and it's implementation. You will want to ensure that you are legally married at the end of the process, and that your Celebrant has been thorough in ensuring your eligibility regarding marriage.

3) What type of character does your Celebrant have?

This particular point is of great important, especially if you are considering a public ceremony in front of many guests. You should aim to select a Celebrant whose character matches your requirements. Price should not interfere with this component of the decision making process. Each Celebrant has a particular style and charisma, be sure to select your character type carefully.

4) Does the Celebrant understand Marriage Visa and Marriage for Immigration purposes?

This is a niche area of marriage law, and requires a Celebrant who has experience marrying couples who wish to either be married in Australia (with the intent of returning to their homeland), or couples who wish to reside in Australia on a permanent basis. If this is your intention, be sure to select a Celebrant that has a knowledge of Prospective Marriage Visas and the basic Immigration process with regard to marriage law. Getting this component wrong, could cost you valuable time and money, the former being the critical element during the Visa process.

5) Does the Celebrant have a website, and social media channels?

One of the fundamental requirements of any Celebrant business, is to have the basic marketing tools; a website and social media tools. It is also important to ensure that your Celebrant has clear defined images of either themself, their work, or both. If possible, search for reviews regarding the Celebrant, taking into account the type of client and ceremony the originating review was intended for.

Be very careful that you don't fall into the price-trap, and find yourself aiming for the cheapest Celebrant in town. You may not realise it at the time, but on your wedding day, it will become very obvious if you have cut corners with regard to price. In short, do your homework well, and avoid a wedding day disaster.

Also, be very wary of websites and DIY social media pages that promote a 'cheapest is best' mentality. Civil Celebrants have a demanding and highly responsible role in the success of your wedding day; Celebrants provide a critical service, so avoid cutting corners.

If you would like to know further details, please feel free to contact me.

Tim P Manger
Civil Celebrant
MB: 0400-161-078
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Did you know that in some countries, it is illegal for couples of different faiths and denominations, to be married?

It is one of the perplexing anomalies of International Marriage Law, that some countries such as Indonesia, won't allow interfaith marriage to take place on their own soil, but are perfectly happy to allow it's interdenominational citizens to be legally married in Australia.

Upon returning to their homeland (in the case of Indonesia), the Interfaith marriage is legally recognised by the homeland government, which is why many overseas interfaith couples book a Holiday Visa, and fly to Australia to be legally married.

Contact me to find-out more: +61 400-161-078
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Did you know that you need to apply to be legally married in Australia? In some countries, this is referred to as a 'marriage licence'.

In Australia, the document you require is known as a 'Notice of Intended Marriage', and it can be downloaded using the link below. Whilst the form is very simple to complete, you will need to ensure 3 things before you proceed:

1) That you are not married to anyone else (if you have been married previously, you will need to provide proof of divorce, or a death certificate [depending on how your last marriage was terminated])

2) That you are not directly related to your partner (eg. brother, sister, father, mother)

3) That you are over the age of 18.

You will need to submit your 'Notice of Intended Marriage' to a Civil Celebrant, since this is the only authorised person that can action your application.

You will also need to set a wedding ceremony date, since all marriages must include a short ceremony. This enables you to publicly declare and state certain words (in front of at least 2 witnesses over the age of 18).

Feel free to contact me on : 0400-161-078
Tim P Manger - Civil Celebrant
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So you want to emigrate to Australia, and you want to get married? What should you do now?

If you are planning to live in Australia after marriage, you are going to need to apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa, since that requires you to marry an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident.

You are also going to need a Civil Celebrant to write a letter of support, for the Department of Immigration. You will also require a Civil Celebrant to solemnise your marriage on your selected wedding date.
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