How could the NSW Government get it so wrong on the removal of the Emergency Services Levy (TAX)?

How could the NSW Government get it so wrong on the removal of the Emergency Services Levy (TAX)?

I read the article in insuranceNEWS in which it was reported that the NSW parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee, which held an inquiry to consider the impact of the abandoned reform, “found the NSW Government’s failed implementation of [the reform] was a poor public policy decision, undertaken without adequate understanding of the complexities of the issue or the impacts of the proposed reforms.” What beggars belief is that […]

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How a bush fire can create its own weather

How a bush fire can create its own weather

Back in January of this year, the Bureau of Meteorology published a very interesting article on how a bush or forest fire can create its own weather. I see that the ABC News has picked up the story and I agree it is worth sharing and understanding. Here is a link to the original article.  

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Bush fire warnings for NSW and QLD

Bush fire warnings for NSW and QLD

I heard on the news this morning that there is extreme bush fire danger in parts of NSW and QLD. To think that this is coming in historically, the coldest month of the year for Australia, and not the height of summer, is a wake up call that this risk is ever present. Those living in bush fire prone areas need to have a carefully […]

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The insurance industry needed a good 2018 – The Carr Fire in California is the worst in the state’s history.

The insurance industry needed a good 2018 – The Carr Fire in California is the worst in the state’s history.

In Northern California, the Carr Fire has burned at least 110,154 acres since Monday 23rd July and is reported to have claimed at least six lives according to media reports and Cal Fire. The cause of the fire was a “mechanical failure in a vehicle.” To date over 38,000 people have been evacuated due to the fire. It has been reported that the surveying of […]

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Greek Wildfires – an update

Greek Wildfires – an update

While I was over in Fiji to deliver a paper at a conference I heard that Greece had been hit by wild fires. I checked with our staff with a Greek heritage to ensure their families were okay and I immediately dropped a note to our fellow International Institute of Claims Preparers member Fair Consulting’s Managing Director to make sure he and his family and […]

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Guest Post – What does home insurance cover?

Guest Post – What does home insurance cover?

I often get requests from people and organisations seeking to make a guest post on my site. Unless it is meaningful and is not a straight product flog I will certainly share and embrace their articles. (You would be staggered how many requests I get from gambling sites). This guest post is from Alex at Lendi.com.au. What does home insurance cover?   The Wye River […]

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Learning from the past to protect against today’s hazards

During the very hot summer of 2008-2009, that included the Black Saturday bush fires, our Melbourne office was left without power due to both the fires and the inadequacy of an electrical sub-station across the road. As it is imperative for us to provide our claims services during periods of natural catastrophe, so we are able to assist people in need we installed a backup […]

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California wild fires

In what is the end of the Northern Hemisphere’s summer it is terrible to see the impact in areas of California, including the Napa Valley, as well as East of Los Angeles Metropolitan area, being affected by bush fires. The full details of the catastrophe are still coming in, but the early reports indicate that over 1000 structures have burned with 1000’s more under threat. […]

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Does the colour of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Helmets signal more take overs?

I noticed that the spokesperson for the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (“MFB”) was wearing a blue helmet and the thought crossed my mind that the organisation has more on their mind than just taking over sections of the Country Fire Brigade (“CFA”). Perhaps, the long term aim is for it to become the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Police Force! I am just joking of course, […]

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Dubai launches Dolphin water jetpack system for firefighting from the air

Reports from an article published by the ABC show how Dubai is taking firefighting to new heights, quite literally, with their introduction of a water jet pack system called ‘Dolphin’. You can view a video of the Dolphin in action on the ABC website (link above). Alongside the Dolphin is the Martin Jetpack being looked at as an option to reach those tricky areas safely as it […]

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