The weird new convention of paying for rich people’s funerals

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21 Responses to The weird new convention of paying for rich people’s funerals

  1. Buccaneer says:

    Victoria, no need for bread, just circuses. No nurses striking there…

  2. Mak Siccar says:

    It is all about favourable publicity for @rsehole Andrews, nothing more, nothing less.

  3. rosie says:

    It really is.
    Why do their families grovel to government and accept them?

  4. Not Trampis says:

    It is not limited to Victoria. Every State does it and when they don’t there is a lot of whingeing

  5. C.L. says:

    The woman who spends a lifetime adopting children or keeping a sporting club up and running by making sandwiches and washing football jerseys doesn’t get a state funeral. You have to be a millionaire to get one.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” – William Shakespeare

    The bureaucratic state loves to ceremoniously inter inconvenient people.
    Especially nice or embarrassing ones.

  7. Franx says:

    And, yes, what indeed about the claim that every state does it.
    For, aprt from being a mere assertion, the whataboutism fails in logic and honesty.
    As an aside, I wonder what Fiona Patten might have to say about such events, about whether or not they meet standards of being sufficiently Godless. Not godsless, though.

  8. bollux says:

    No doubt ONJ was a great entertainer, but she only lived here 10 years out of 73. We certainly know who to adopt.

  9. Entropy says:


  10. C.L. says:

    Why not just call them Celebrity Funerals?
    That’s what they are.

    In a culture without religion, the famous are now the saints.

  11. Not Trampis says:

    Shane Warne say no more.

    I would have to say these funerals appear to have popular support

  12. Entropy says:

    Sentimental Boomers.

  13. Boambee John says:


    Becoming ever more aware of their own mortality.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I always like it when a minister at a funeral preaches the Gospel.
    Just so the congregation gets an idea about what it’s all about.
    Unfortunately I doubt authorized state funeral ministers would do that.

  15. Baba says:

    Becoming ever more aware of their own mortality.

    Covid panic? Explained!

  16. Baba says:

    South Australians at the highest risk of contracting monkeypox will be given the first vaccine doses that have arrived in the state.

    Wherever he is Don Dunstan smiles.

  17. shatterzzz says:

    So what do they do, fly the body here, hold a funeral & then fly the body back ..? Not sure but I think its been a long time since ONJ called Oz home …….

  18. Lee says:

    I tend to think that state funerals are more about the cult of celebrity or politician worship than anything else.
    Then again, what the hey, Stairman Andrews had a public hospital built and named after probably Victoria’s worst ever premier, Joan Kirner, which is far worse IMO (worse not that it was built, but uniquely named for a former premier, and a terrible one at that).

  19. Lee says:

    “Victoria’s worst ever premier” until Andrews himself, of course.

  20. Old Lefty says:

    I have heard a recording of Judith Durham singing ‘O Breathe on Me, Breath of God’. Should this Class A thought crime come to the attention of the Andrews politburo in Spring Street, I am sure the offer of a state funeral will be rescinded immediately.

    Seriously, though, I have soft spot for both Judith Durham and Olivia Newton-John but I agree that the state funeral business is political grandstanding.

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