The Examiner writes that according to the Labor Party existing Tasmanian cemeteries and gravesites must be given a guarantee they can operate forever
Lyons Labor MHA Jen Butler said on Saturday the state government must amend the Burials and Cremations Act to guarantee the ongoing use of cemeteries sold as part of the Anglican Church’s contribution to the national redress scheme for sexual abuse survivors.
A state government spokesman said a review of the act had begun and would focus on three areas.
“The continued appropriate, safe and responsible management of cemeteries, the honouring of exclusive burial rights and continued public access for relatives and friends of the deceased,” he said.
“It is proposed that a package of legislative amendments be developed in time to allow for introduction during the spring session of Parliament.”
The changes proposed by Ms Butler are included in the South Australian and NSW burials acts, with provisions for cemeteries to potentially maintain interment rights in perpetuity.