'Even the dead don't escape the carbon tax'

A situation that is no doubt being played out all around our country, and will be until this pointless tax is repealed.

Fraudulent price rises attributed to the carbon tax will become commonplace, and every time it happens, it will forcefully remind people just whose fault it all is, and how she lied about it before the election:

A Melbourne family who claim they were slugged an extra $55 “carbon tax charge” when burying a relative were told “even the dead don’t escape the carbon tax”.

Erica Maliki and her family were burying her father-in-law at Springvale Cemetery when she was told the price per burial plot had increased because of the carbon tax.

Her father-in-law died on June 30, the day before the carbon tax was introduced, and was buried early last week.

“I thought to myself, ‘What carbon could possibly be used by putting a man in a grave?'” Ms Maliki said.

“All they did was put the dirt back in. How can they charge us a carbon tax for burying someone?”

Ms Maliki’s son Zaid said the cemetery’s receptionist told his sister-in-law “even the dead don’t escape the carbon tax”.

“We are pretty upset… that comment was a kick in the guts,” he said. (source)

In any event, technically, burial is carbon sequestration. If it had been a cremation, however…


  1. Baldrick says:

    My condolences to the man’s family … but shouldn’t they have received a credit from the Government for carbon capture and storage?

  2. Yes. But maybe the family earned a carbon credit.

  3. Frances says:

    UPDATE: THE owners of a cemetery accused of slugging a grieving family with a fee and blaming it on the carbon tax has apologised for telling them ” … even the dead don’t escape the carbon tax”.

    Melbourne mother and community worker Erica Maliki said her family was slapped with a $55 carbon tax bill by the Springvale Cemetery for burying her father-in-law.

    Three members of the Maliki family were present when told of the fee.

    Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust communication manager Rebecca Atkins said a phone call had been made to apologise to the family for the comment this morning, but that the spike in fees wasn’t a result of the tax.

    “We’ve apologised for the comment made and the error in the comment,” she said.

    “We can’t say for sure what was said to them because it was an over-the-counter inquiry. (But) we have to take the client’s word and will conduct an internal investigation.

    “We’ve apologised for causing them any unnecessary distress, but the family don’t feel that way. They’re very happy with our response.

    “It’s a story that has come from nowhere.”

    She said staff had been reminded this morning “not to speak to clients in that way”.

    She said confusion over the fee increase could have stemmed from the cemeteries’ annual price hike on July 1 which was “business as usual” at the start of the financial year.

    “Our prices go up on July 1 every year and have done for 30-odd years. Its got nothing to do with the carbon tax,” Ms Atkins said.

    Earlier this morning, the trust’s chief executive officer Jonathan Tribe also denied the alleged $55 carbon tax bill.

    “I can never absolutely say that it was not said, but what I can tell you is that its never been discussed by me, the management committee or the sales staff. Therefore if it was said it’s a complete figment of somebody’s imagination,” he told radio station 3AW today.

    “(It) Absolutely (did) not (happen) and if it did, it’s nothing that the family need worry about it.

    Read the link for the rest of the article.

  4. The downside is, if these claims continue to make the press, then eventually someone Labor/Green loony will start saying it’s a media conspiracy concocted by the Liberals to make the government look bad. Everything is Tony Abbott’s fault after all…

  5. The dead might indeed escape the carbon dioxide tax, but Gillard, Liebor, and the greenscum won’t.

    I wonder what genius decided to commence a tax on the first day of the financial year, when most businesses post updated prices anyway.

  6. Simon.
    Here in North America. I have come across a lot of Skepticism about what Tony Abbot will or won’t do with the carbon tax. The people I have talked to including Australians think that ALP will be turfed out and Tony Abbot will be elected (All good) but that he won’t get rid of the hated Carbon tax?
    What do you and your contributors think?

    Bear in mind here in British Columbia, Canada we have a hated 7% Provincial carbon tax ( the ony one in North America) A hated expensive 2 tier electricity cost, hated smart meters, a insane green energy program with ridiculously high feed in tariffs that are crippling, as well as killing Salmon spawning streams and rivers ( depeating water levels and redirecting needed water). a despised provincial government and a rotten socialist NDP opposition who will keep all the above plus there own brand of financial ripoff and policy madness coming early in 2013.

    So you see why I’m interested in your plight.

  7. ‘Even the dead don’t escape the carbon tax’

    Damn! That was my best hope. Time to work on Plan B.

  8. And why did you elect this government?

  9. This is a bummer. The government should have never been allowed to tax carbon in the first place. Find out which representatives voted for it, then vote for his/her opponent come reelection time… and tell them you intend to do it. Urge your personal friends to do the same, while you’re at it.

    Remember: Government is not your friend. Elected officials are not your friend, either… they may seem like it, but they’re perpetually pandering for your re-election vote to continue their career in politics.


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