|Marriage & Family||MARRIAGE TOO EASY SAYS GOVT. MARRIAGE COUNCIL HEAD|
It is now easier "to get a marriage licence than a driver's licence", according to a church welfare official who will head a new Federal Government revamp of marriage education courses.
Pauline Frick, recently selected by the Prime Minister to chair the 10-member National Marriage and Family Council, said people should be "tooled up" on conflict resolution and management skills before they walk down the aisle.
Speaking in the Southern Cross newspaper, Ms Frick said she was not advocating a tightening of marriage laws. She pointed out that many couples spend more time selecting the bridal dress and wedding reception venue than preparing for their married life.
She hopes that all couples will eventually view marriage preparation as equally important as finding a perfect bride's dress and choosing a reception venue.
Ms Frick is executive director of Whyalla Centacare, the social welfare agency of the Catholic Church.
Southern Cross 12:44am 2/2/00