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To have and to hold: Strategies to strengthen marriage and relationships.

This report remains the property of the Commonwealth of Australia 1998.
ISBN 0 644 52772 2.

The report of the inquiry into aspects of family services was tabled in the House of Representatives on 22 June 1998. The Government's response to this report was tabled in June 1999.

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Report Sections:



Membership of the Committee

Terms of reference

Abbreviations and Glossary

Summary and recommendations

Part One

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Marriage and family in Australia

Chapter 3 - The impact of change

Chapter 4 - Factors contributing to marriage relationship breakdown

Part 1

Part 2

Part Two

Chapter 5 - The role of the Commonwealth Government

Part Three: Prevention

Chapter 6 - Marriage and Relationship Education

Chapter 7 - Family skills training

Part Four: Resolving Martial Problems

Chapter 8 - Marriage counselling

Part Five: Harmonious Separation

Chapter 9 - Family Court counselling

Chapter 10 - Divorce mediation

Part Six: Other Bodies

Chapter 11 - Advisory bodies


Appendix A - List of Submissions

Appendix B - List of Exhibits

Appendix C - List of Witnesses

Appendix D - (part 1) - Survey results - course hours and funding by agency

Appendix D - (part 2)

Appendix E - Survey results - participant hours and funding by agency

Appendix F - Survey results - participants and funding by agency

Appendicies G-N - more Survey results

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