Article by Andrew Clennell, The Daily Telegraph, December 02, 2013.

Laws that could see dead relatives moved on in 25 years will benefit funeral operator that donates to Liberal, state opposition claims.

LAWS which allow funeral operators to dig up remains and replace them after 25 years unless further fees are paid are set to benefit a large cemetery firm which is a Liberal Party donor, the opposition claims.

The O'Farrell government has been accused of pandering to Australia's largest private funeral operator Invocare after the changes were rushed through in the last sitting days of state parliament.

The cemetery laws were so contentious they led to a boycott by more than 20 Liberal and National MPs who did not turn up to vote, but the bill still passed the lower house.

Under the changes, renewable internment rights can be offered for 25 years with an ability for the deceased person's relatives to pay for an extra five to 99 years, as an alternative to paying more for a burial site held in perpetuity.

Invocare chief executive Andrew Smith was one of the representatives on the government-appointed board that the Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson consulted on cemetery laws.

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