The incident followed similar media reports last week that claimed the carbon tax would cause funeral costs to rise because of higher cremation costs and energy bills.
A receptionist at the Melbourne cemetery is said to have told the grieving family “even the dead don’t escape the carbon tax”.
The cemetery operator has this morning denied imposing price rises linked to the carbon tax, however.
“I can never absolutely say it was not said, but what I can tell you is it has never been discussed by me, the management committee, or the sales staff and therefore, if it was said, it’s a complete figment of somebody’s imagination,” Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust chief executive John Tribe told Fairfax Radio.
Strange Random Environment Quote:
“And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.” ― Art Buchwald
- Cemetery ‘charged carbon tax’ (news.ninemsn.com.au)
- Cemeteries warned against carbon tax ‘rip offs’ (abc.net.au)
- Burial carbon fee ‘reprehensible’ (bigpondnews.com)
- They’re calling it a ‘tax on the dying’ (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- Melbourne cemetery denies carbon tax fee (bigpondnews.com)
- Cemetery denies charging carbon tax fee (finance.ninemsn.com.au)
- If the Environuts get their way….. (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Carbon tax burial price hike a ‘complete figment’, CEO says (theage.com.au)