Status of second wives in Aus. the 30 second investigation.

I was just reading an article in The Age, Local Muslim Clerics Accused which is not an earth shattering article, but it does include this line:

And the report says some imams knowingly perform polygamous marriages, also knowing that the second wife, a de facto under Australian law, can claim Centrelink payments.

Is anyone else as surprised as I am that second wives have de facto status? Fascinating no?!

I started googling for more information and stumbled across this creeeeepy forum. “I’ve been watching Big Love and it looks kinda neato!” I think I’ll move onto to a new topic now…

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