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Canberra couples more likely to live in sin

By 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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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 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 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 9:19 am 14 Sep 07

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

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

sepi 2:18 pm 13 Sep 07

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

Absent Diane 1:26 pm 13 Sep 07

lol @ not truely in love!! you romantic

Sh*t – I almost forgot!

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

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.

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