Canberra couples more likely to live in sin

GnT 12 September 2007 29

The ABS has released more census data, and in Canberra in the last 10 years the number of de facto couples is up 3%, while the number of married couples is down 3%, suggesting a trend away from legal marriage. Also, despite the baby boom, the number of childless families is down 6%, while the average family size has dropped from 3.1 kids to 2.9.

These figures reflect a national trend, although I think the trend is stronger in the ACT. Any insight into why the stats are moving in this direction?

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29 Responses to Canberra couples more likely to live in sin
Timbob2 Timbob2 1:44 pm 17 Sep 07

Marriage doesn’t mean much to me personally (probably because I was raised in a broken family environment) but I am getting married. If you love someone, what difference does it make either way? So the way I see it, you may as well give your partner the option and ask her (assuming you are happy with your current relationship that is). What is wrong with throwing a party for your friends and family, to tell the world at large that you love your partner?

Also, we have found it keeps the grandparents extremely happy….and then there the plethora of gifts to consider….

Absent Diane Absent Diane 11:58 am 14 Sep 07

there was a point??? maybe i could see it if I could just pull my tongue out of my cheek long enough.

Special G Special G 11:38 am 14 Sep 07

From experience the people who spout on about being the most intelligent are generally the ones who are missing the point.

On the whole house deposit or marriage, many couples I know are looking for the house deposit first before the costly party.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 9:19 am 14 Sep 07

my intelligence and my ability at most things does that for me.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 9:07 am 14 Sep 07

It certainly makes ME feel superior. Although lots of things do that!

sepi sepi 2:18 pm 13 Sep 07

heh – marriage seems to make some here feel superior anyway.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 1:26 pm 13 Sep 07

lol @ not truely in love!! you romantic

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 1:18 pm 13 Sep 07

Sh*t – I almost forgot!

I only believe in gay marriage when both chicks are hot.

Danman Danman 1:04 pm 13 Sep 07

Indeed – wedding, or house deposit?

Got a mortgage
Getting Married

Parents paying for reception – we paying for Las Vegas and Honolulu.

We are by no means rich – very much middle class – so it can all be done.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 11:41 am 13 Sep 07

People who don’t get married are not truly in love.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 10:49 am 13 Sep 07

chose = choose

Thumper Thumper 10:49 am 13 Sep 07

Que sera sera….


Absent Diane Absent Diane 10:48 am 13 Sep 07

thumper you are dead right. It just sh*ts me when people make presumptions about people who chose not to get married.

Thumper Thumper 10:20 am 13 Sep 07

This is a non issue people.

After all, if people want to get married, then so be it.

And if people are happy not to get married, then also, so be it.

schmerica_ schmerica_ 9:03 am 13 Sep 07

It shouldn’t matter if you get married or not, if your relationship is strong enough it will last regardless of wether you have a ring on your finger or not. Some people get married because they want to spend the rest of their life with someone, you can do that without getting married too.

Hey, i’m all for marriage, I think its cute (mostly because i’m not getting married in the next 5 years).

And I agree with Special G, haha.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 8:58 am 13 Sep 07

But can someone please tell me the actual point of it -do not give me some lala love based garbage. We all know that love is a chemical reaction, i just really can’t stand all this airy fairy rubbish that we put so much emphasis on.

Until you can give it an actual point or reason – i will not give your opinions the light of day – because they are worthless.

Special G Special G 7:03 am 13 Sep 07

Dante, Your girlfriend tells you she has no plans on getting married. Haven’t you worked it out that what girls tell you and what they really mean can be totally different things. She probably has the whole thing planned with horse drawn carriages and releasing 100 white doves and the like.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 8:26 pm 12 Sep 07

While I respect AD’s rather quaint and outdated 1960s views on relationships (possibly repackaged to look cool for Gen Y’s but essentialy the same hippy shit that led the world to mistakes like flared jeans, ugg boots and the lumber jacket) I wil say that marriage is still great fun – whilst you can live in a la-la dreamworld of self-important denial, nothing says “I love you” like a marriage. Regardless of what anyone will say to try and prop up their sham relationships, its a fact that anything less than marriage is essentailly saying ‘you’ll do until I find somthing better’ end of story.

hingo hingo 4:44 pm 12 Sep 07


I don’t think its a matter of the relationship being so weak that it needs a reminder, I think that it shows they are comitted to the relationship. This isn’t the meaning for everyone though and I can see your point of view. I have had friends marry in a desperate attempt to save a failing relationship. Marrying for those reasons isn’t ever going to work out.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 4:31 pm 12 Sep 07

i don’t begrudge anyone from getting married. It just seems pointless to me. If your relationship with someone is so weak that you need a symbol to remind you – isn’t there something then inherently wrong with the relationship? Also to me the symbolism infers some kind of ownership. Although I would love to own everyone – i don’t particularly want to kill the free spirit of someone I am coupled with.

Personally I don’t romanticise a lot of the silly things that most people do.. i look at life in a more logical way – it makes it far more interesting.

Each to their own really but I will forever stand by my stance that it is pointless.

I also have a profound love of the letter I in reference to myself. Makes sense when you are your own favourite subject.

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