Attorney-General Paul Lucas said yesterday that a mandatory, state-sanctioned code of conduct would help clean up the industry.
An industry whistleblower and another long-term legitimate operator detailed how dodgy funeral operators:
- Stuff into coffins infectious waste material containing bodily fluids to save money in infectious waste collection;
- Refuse to dress bodies, throwing clothes provided by grieving families into coffins;
- Risk a mix-up of bodies by transporting deceased to other parts of the state for funeral preparation;
- Slug parents burying a child with the cost of an adult-size coffin.
Funeral operators could be made to meet strict new standards to be enforced with penalties for the first time.