Celebrants – what is and what ought to be. #4


No acceptable certificate by the government to Celebrants is issued, which a celebrant could put on display to reassure clients that we have been appointed. The certificate issued last year was bureaucratic humiliation.

What should happen – We should receive a carefully designed certificate Lionel Murphy issued a personally certificate to the early celebrants which instilled pride. Phillip Ruddock, I believe, wanted to do so but fell victim to the bureaucracy who gave an insulting one for him to sign.

Celebrants are the only government office not welcomed by a ceremony! All appointments of government have ceremony, citizens have a ceremony, JPs have a ceremony but civil celebrants (and indirectly the institution of marriage), are not to be honoured in any way. Why? Because in the eyes of those who have humiliated, intimidated and mismanaged us we are not worthy\.

What should happen – Ceremony providers, of all people,  should have  ceremony to honour their appointment. It should be of such substance as to be a life long inspiration. 

Government appointments, by their very nature, have a certain dignity.

What should happen – The office should be respected. Those who have achieved and eminence in the profession should be honoured. This office has been completely trivialised and treated with disdain. Over competitions and excessive appointments. Excessive,  bitter and degrading competition, characterised by tabloid style marketing and false advertising have become commonplace  among and have trivialised the office.
The Code of Practice should be strengthened in these areas and leadership from the top must encourage dignified behaviour.
Performance reviews should cover marketing and advertising practices.
Those who have completed dodgy, shonky courses should be re-trained by trainers of reputation.

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  5. Thank you Dally for the email regarding recognition of a fellow celebrants 42 years of service. It seems perplexing, to say the least that the very organization which is supposed to highlight the value of ceremony in our society does not recognize the important contribution of older celebrants.
    The program set up by Lionel Murphy, with core values of equality, fairness and justice seems a far cry from the current layered bureaucratic processes which, to my mind, are based on revenue.
    Another problem which has not been addressed by governance is the religious celebrant who, 30 years ago, claimed with great gusto ‘ I will NEVER marry outside my church’
    We now have a situation whereby we have civil marriage celebrants (far too many) and religious celebrants who, in fact, are also civil marriage celebrants in disguise
    I cannot imagine what a loss we will suffer when you retire
    When I was appointed 30 years ago, I rang you to ask for your support, guidance and direction.
    You have continued to be the most amazing mentor, role model and friend. A rare gem.
    Your use of adjectives is unsurpassed by any other
    How we will miss your intellect, humour and knowing…
    Cheers from the bush
    Jennafer x

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