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Marriage bonus

Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:10 pm

From http://www.optuszoo.com.au/news/180523//call-to-reward-married-couples-with-cash.html

COUPLES who say "I do" and stay married should get government cash bonuses, lobby groups say.

The Australian Family Association (AFA) together with the National Marriage Coalition (NMC) are lobbying for August 13 to be officially designated National Marriage Day.

AFA vice-president Mary-Louise Fowler says the date is symbolic because it's the anniversary of the passing of the Marriage Amendment Act 2004, which defined marriage as "a union between a man and a woman".

Ms Fowler said a national day was needed to recognise the effort that it takes to stay married and form a family.

It was the Government's responsibility to provide favourable policy for marriages to work, she said.

"One innovative idea is the idea of a marriage bonus - if you become married and you remain married for five, 10, 15, 25 years," Ms Fowler told AAP today.

"I believe we need to reward people who stayed married because of the benefits for society at large."

But the groups do not support gay marriage and claim to be working hard to defend the current definition under the 2004 Act.

"There's no such thing as gay marriage and the people lobbying for that are unfortunately misdirected because it's a bit like saying two tables make a dining room suite," Ms Fowler said.

"You need the complementarity for a marriage so we would never think of selling a dining room suite that had two tables so two men or two women simple cannot be married."

The groups say they want the support of both sides of politics to promote "a renewed culture of marriage".

They would not comment on Prime Minister Julia Gillard's relationship status.

The Christian youth movement Restoring Integrity and Sexual Ethics (RISE) is also backing the pro-marriage movement.

"In this sexually liberated society, girls have become sexual service stations for men and they just end up getting used," RISE representative Judi Limbers said today.

"We want to reach out to the disillusioned youth looking for something more."

The groups say their supporters will still celebrate the unofficial day adding they're not spooked by it coinciding with Friday the 13th.

AFA describes itself as ecumenical and non-political while the NMC says it aims to act as a "national clearing house" for information on marriage.
 
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Re: Marriage bonus

Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:44 am

Oh my god :roll: There is so much wrong with that, I don't even know where to start.
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:46 am

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Re: Marriage bonus

Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:06 am

chellebelle wrote:
Oh my god :roll: There is so much wrong with that, I don't even know where to start.


Agreed, you shouldn't need a cash handout to reward to for staying married, being in a loving marriage should be more than enough reward! The baby bonus is a lot different as that money helps care for the child, you don't need money to care for a marriage!
Don't get me started on gay marriage, hopefully one day the whole world will become more open minded about these things!
 
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Re: Marriage bonus

Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:45 am

I think that proposal is a disgrace, and a thin guise to legislate discrimination against gay and lesbian couples. :?

Not to mention a swipe at couples with abusive relationships. Should a woman enduring domestic violence from her husband stay in the marriage, just so she can claim her 10 year marriage bonus? :roll:

"There's no such thing as gay marriage and the people lobbying for that are unfortunately misdirected because it's a bit like saying two tables make a dining room suite," Ms Fowler said.

"You need the complementarity for a marriage so we would never think of selling a dining room suite that had two tables so two men or two women simply cannot be married."


8O What an insulting and patronising statement. Really a sad reflection of society :roll:
 
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Re: Marriage bonus

Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:23 am

Pfft, pathetic!!!! :evil:
 
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Re: Marriage bonus

Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:40 pm

Bunch of bastards, I'm still annoyed that the celebrant has to define marriage as between a man and a women, grrrrr
 
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Re: Marriage bonus

Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:58 pm

chellebelle wrote:
Oh my god :roll: There is so much wrong with that, I don't even know where to start.


Agreed!
 
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Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:26 pm

chellebelle wrote:
Oh my god :roll: There is so much wrong with that, I don't even know where to start.

Exactly :roll:
 
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Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:44 pm

OMG nothing ever surprises me anymore! :roll: :roll: :roll:
 
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Re: Marriage bonus

Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:42 pm

OMG that is such a crock.

I typed up a longer response, but I don't think the article really deserves it.
 
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Re: Marriage bonus

Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:41 am

Thats the dumbest thing ive ever read. Seriously.
 
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Re: Marriage bonus

Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:52 pm

Tan984 wrote:
chellebelle wrote:
Oh my god :roll: There is so much wrong with that, I don't even know where to start.


Agreed, you shouldn't need a cash handout to reward to for staying married, being in a loving marriage should be more than enough reward! The baby bonus is a lot different as that money helps care for the child, you don't need money to care for a marriage!
Don't get me started on gay marriage, hopefully one day the whole world will become more open minded about these things!



that's not true Tan - marriage is very expensive. Sharing money means I have to contribute towards the footy tickets, cricket tickets, drinks with the boys down the pub etc :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

This will never be passed - far too contriversal.
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