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  • Catholic Cemeteries Trust threatens critics with legal action

    Last week we linked a couple of opinion articles that were critical of the stoush over the control of Sydney's Crown Land cemeteries. Michael West Media (MWM) reports a PR man for Catholic Church has threatened it with legal action for its coverage of the battle for control of Sydney’s cemeteries.

  • John Hewson | Selling off the dead

    John Hewson, writing in the Saturday Paper about church, state, the separation of powers and what that might have to with cemeteries. 


    "Rumours are rife in the sector about Perrottet’s activism on the curious issue of cemetery management, most conspicuously trotting Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher to meetings with Gladys Berejiklian, when she was premier."


  • Necropolis Now: crunch time for Catholic cemetery bid

    Callum Foote has posted another article on Michael West Media  about the OneCrown proposal:

    "An issue that concerns our eternal rest has generated plenty of living passions, and the NSW Premier may be about to find that you can’t please everyone. The decision of whether to hand over control of Sydney’s most valuable cemeteries to a company controlled by the Catholic Church may be made tomorrow, with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake"

  • NSW | Bureaucrats call for ban on Catholic cemetery deal

    According to  Sydney's Daily Telegraph, a plan to hand over control of the most valuable parts of the Sydney’s $1b cemetery sector to the Catholic Church has been slammed by senior bureaucrats.

  • Review of NSW Cemeteries and Crematoria Act

    In 2019-2020, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment commenced a statutory review of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013.

  • The “Catholic Cabinet”: Perrottet’s $5bn cemeteries bid dwarfs Gladys’ gun club frolic

    Michael West Media(MWM) reports

    Dominic Perrottet’s five-man “Catholic Cabinet” rushed through a deal to deliver control of Sydney’s cemeteries, ergo $5bn in capital, to the Catholic Church, in defiance of independent expert advice. Callum Foote reports.

    Evidence emerging from Gladys Berejiklian’s ICAC inquiry shows alarming similarities to the way in which senior MPs in the NSW Coalition government are pushing for the Sydney Catholic Archdiocese to be given control over Sydney’s vast cemetery network.

  • The Catholic Weekly | "The Ministers war on graves"

    The Catholic Weekly writes "Catholic cemetery operators have accused NSW Property Minister, Melinda Pavey of leading an ongoing war on religious groups by continuing her push for faith-based groups to be removed from the management of cemeteries in Sydney."

    The Minister last month issued a notice to the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries and Crematoria Trust (CMCT) that it would be placed into administration on Friday 1 October 2021, which has now been extended until 30 December 2021.

  • The Guardian | Sydney's OneCrown v Catholic cemeteries dispute

    The Guardian reports (11th Oct 2021) that the  plan to put burial grounds under the control of a single body has engulfed religious groups and pitted NSW government ministers against each other.


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