Looking for Mr Right Is It Raining Men on the Northern Rivers or Is There a Man Drought? HELEN HAWKES Takes a Closer Look at a Hot Debate

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Looking for Mr Right Is It Raining Men on the Northern Rivers or Is There a Man Drought? HELEN HAWKES Takes a Closer Look at a Hot Debate


IS THERE a man shortage on the Northern Rivers? It depends what side of the fence you sit on.

A survey by The Northern Star found that most single gals say ayes there isa, while many men and coupled-up women say the fairer sex are just too fussy.

On the latter point they are at one with a Catholic priest who this week advised Aussie women to marry earlier and avoid the aman droughta.

It's drastic advice, especially if you want to hang out for aMr Righta a ideally a cross between Johnny Depp and George Clooney or, as Northern Rivers many women told us aemployed, honest and attractivea. (Now that's hardly fussy is it?)

But the bad news is that Australia continues to experience a huge decline in the number of available men a they're going overseas for lucrative salaries plus there's a natural man excess anyway.

This has been documented by demographer Bernard Salt in his book The Man Drought and raised again this week by Federal Liberal MP Kevin Andrews.

He's researching changes in marriage and families in Australia and has suggested that the swing towards de facto partnerships isn't helping more women get hitched.

Mr Andrews has been backed up by a Catholic priest who believes women should forget about living with their partners before tying the knot and just hook a[approximately]em while they can.

Father Tony Kerin, episcopal vicar for justice and social service in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, said today's women wanted the best of both worlds.

aAre women getting too choosy? I'd say yes,a he said. aI think many are setting aside their aspirations for later, but by the time they get around to it, they've missed their chance. In trying to have it all, they end up missing out.a

Mr Salt told the Northern Star that the dire figures in his book about an undersupply of men, especially in coastal areas, still hold true.

aThere is always an oversupply of single women in coastal towns,a he said.

According to Mr Salt, Ballina and Byron Bay are the worst hit if you are to find a mate aged between 30 and 40. There are 1500 more women than men aged 30 to 39 on the coast.

And, if you are looking for that elusive 40-year-old partner, your chances are even slimmer. Women outnumber men by 16% in this age group.

Those in their 40s and 50s hoping for Cupid's arrow, told us the situ- ation is equally desperate. …

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