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News ian 1/23/2014

Read somewhere that one in three marriages ends in divorce and the Abbott government plans to bring that figure down by throwing $20million at counselling for committing couples from July 1.

In the ensuing 12 months, 100,000 newlyweds (as well as determined de factos and same sex partners) will be able to access $200 marriage counselling vouchers to help get those relationships off in the right direction.

Did this policy originate on the back of a coaster after a long lunch? Call me old-fashioned, but I would have thought counselling would be more important if/when things started to go pear-shaped (and I’m not talking couples who let themselves go).

A counselling checklist has been issued and couples can expect handy hints on how to deal with things like:

  • Expectations of marriage
  • Family influences
  • Individual strengths and challenges
  • 'Stages' of marriage
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict management strategies
  • Developing and sustaining intimacy


I do envy those counsellors pocketing the vouchers. $200 for five minutes work is pretty sweet. Here you go...

  • Expectations of marriage – don’t expect him to change anything but nappies…
  • Family influences - alternate Christmas at each in-laws – easy…
  • Individual strengths and challenges – unpredictable – deal with whatever, together (however, for a real challenge, see final point)…
  • 'Stages' of marriage – stages schmages – we’re all different but expect more sex in the first year than any other…
  • Communication skills – when an icy Julie Bishop type stare occurs, further debate is pointless…
  • Conflict management strategies– hide the TV remote control, instruct on toilet seat behaviour before relationship commitment…
  • Developing and sustaining intimacy – there is an illustrated Indian ‘Bible’ that addresses that very issue. The Standing Wheelbarrow position is a corker!



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