Share on twitter by Misa Han The Aboriginal Community Benefit Fund has been accused of lying to Indigenous consumers about its funeral insurance products and making profits from vulnerable people for years.Appearing as a witness before the royal commission in Darwin on Tuesday, Tracey Walsh, 53, an Indigenous administrative assistant from Victoria, broke down in tears as she recalled how she signed up to a funeral insurance product with the Fund believing it was an Aboriginal organisation.She also believed that once she had paid for her funeral any additional money in ongoing premiums would go to her family, which turned out to be false.Bryn Jones, 32, the chief executive of ACBF Funeral Fund, watched from the front row of the courtroom in Darwin as Ms Walsh gave evidence. On Tuesday, Mr Jones denied ACBF took advantage of the cultural significance Indigenous customers place in funerals. He said there was a “significant need” for funeral insurance in Indigenous communities because mortality could be four or five times higher than in white communities. Advertisement Ms Walsh gave evidence that she believed ACBF was an Indigenous organisation because of the word “Aboriginal” in the title, the marketing material had featured the rainbow serpent… Read full this story
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