Marriage

Commentary

10 Aug 2017

The same-sex marriage referendum caravan has meandered into the home straight and, barring a successful High Court challenge, Australian opinion pollsters will soon be grappling with estimating voter turnout by demographic, as overseas counterparts have for decades. The ballots will be sent out...

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Research report

15 Feb 2017

The committee embarked on this task cognisant of the deeply held beliefs and aspirations of people engaged in this national debate, regardless of how they view the institution of marriage. Debate surrounding previous bills introduced, and associated inquiries undertaken, into the issue of same-...

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Audio interview

14 Sep 2016

Once the plebiscite bill for same sex marriage is passed by the House of Representatives, it will then be tested on the floor of the Senate, where it now looks unlikely to get the support the government needs. Federal Attorney-General, George Brandis, has appealed to the Labor party to support...

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Commentary

Article

13 Sep 2016

Like much else in the forty-fifth parliament’s infancy, the same-sex marriage plebiscite has become hostage to the dynamics of contemporary politics: a weakened prime minister, a ferociously oppositional federal opposition led by a man also less than secure in his job, and a large, attention-...

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Discussion paper

20 Jul 2016

The High Court in 2013 overturned the understanding of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 as an exclusive, voluntary, heterosexual union for life, and that the Constitution therefore allowed the introduction of same sex marriage if the Parliament so decided. It is argued that the High Court’s...

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Research report

30 May 2016

Despite families being much smaller, parents being older, mothers being better educated and having much higher employment rates, child poverty has risen significantly since the 1960s. In 1961, 95 percent of children were born to married couples; by 2015 the proportion had fallen to 53 percent. ...

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Policy

11 May 2016

Most Australians support marriage equality and the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexuality. However, the Marriage Amendment Act 2004 discriminates on the basis of sex,...

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Policy

11 May 2016

Under the Marriage Act 1961, a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant must:

  • complete Certificate IV in Celebrancy 
  • be assessed as a fit and proper person, and 
  • pay an application fee and ongoing annual fees
  • ministers of religion authorised to
  • ...
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Policy

22 Mar 2016

Right around the world, marriage equality is becoming a reality for many LGBTI couples. 

We have an exciting opportunity here – let’s work together and get marriage equality in place.

With the support of the majority of Australians, the time is right for marriage equality. The...

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Research report

08 Sep 2015

Australia has achieved a high degree of equality between the treatment of same-sex and heterosexual relationships with marriage remaining the one significant area of difference.

Executive summary

Same-sex marriage has been on the political agenda in Australia for...

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Technical report

29 Jun 2015

Overview: The recent result of the Irish referendum and the decision of the United States Supreme Court in favour of same-sex marriage has given the Australian campaign for marriage equality new momentum. The most recent same-sex marriage bill was introduced in early June 2015...

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Briefing paper

29 Jun 2015

The recent result of the Irish referendum and the decision of the United States Supreme Court in favour of same- sex marriage has given the Australian campaign for marriage equality new momentum. The most recent same- sex marriage bill was introduced in early June 2015 and is now one of four...

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Bill

01 Jun 2015

Labor leader Bill Shorten introduced a marriage equality bill to Federal Parliament this week and in his address to the House of Representatives, asked that members 'embrace a definition of marriage that respects, values and includes every Australian.'

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MARRIAGE AMENDMENT...

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Book

25 Sep 2014

Overview: This book examines the (in)visibility of romantic love in the legal discourse surrounding modern Australian marriage. It looks at how romantic love has become a core part of modernity, and a dominant part of the Western marriage discourse, and considers how the...

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Research report

04 Jun 2014

This paper reviews recent research findings into couples in long-term relationships (married and de facto) that provide insight into the couple relationship over time. This paper addresses aspects of couple relationships such as commitment, personality traits, transitioning to parenthood, health...

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Research report

20 May 2014

Abstract: In this report, what is known about human trafficking involving marriage and partner migration to Australia is described, drawing on primary information obtained from victim/survivor testimonies, stakeholder knowledge and expertise, and reported cases that progressed...

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Fact sheet

05 May 2014

Statistics NZ is responsible for releasing marriage and civil union registration data. Data refers to marriages and civil unions that have occurred and been registered with Births, Deaths, and Marriages. Provisional civil union and marriage quarterly data will be available from Statistics NZ...

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Research report

30 Apr 2014

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To provide insight into the reality of forced marriage in Australia today, this case book is based on lived experiences of people involved in cases brought to our attention in the course of research and advocacy on forced and servile marriage. In fact, cases...

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Book review

14 Mar 2014

Not since the radical reforms to divorce enacted in the heady 1970s has there been so much huffing and puffing and anxiety about the whole institution of marriage being blown down. At the centre of this anxiety is the relationship of marriage and sexuality: is...

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Briefing paper

02 Apr 2013

Servile marriage involves a person being sold, transferred or inherited into marriage.

New offences in the Criminal Code 1995 recently passed by Parliament are designed to protect adults as well as children who are forced into marriage by either the person they are marrying, or another...

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