Back to basics – is lightning covered under the peril of storm and tempest?

Back to basics – is lightning covered under the peril of storm and tempest?

I post this article in response to a question put to me by an insurance broker whose client was hit with a higher deductible that applies to storm and tempest for a claim arising from a lightning strike. Well maybe, maybe not. Let us turn to a review of the history of fire and perils insurance coverage for the answer. On the one hand, I […]

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Buyer beware when it comes to XPS

Buyer beware when it comes to XPS

On Saturday when I made my weekly pilgrimage to the big box store hardware store I was horrified to see that they were selling an extruded polystyrene (“XPS”) insulation product that was recommended to be used under home flooring or in the ceiling space. I have not done any tests on the product but based on studies I have read and seen, in the event […]

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Where insurance can appear unfair and not in the best interests of the consumer

Where insurance can appear unfair and not in the best interests of the consumer

There are a couple of areas of the law that can appear to be unfair to an insured. A recent case has highlighted one. In Globe Church Incorporated v Allianz Australia Insurance Limited & Anor [2019] NSWCA 27 Globe Church argued that time started to accrue when the ISR insurers breached their obligations under the policy by not indemnifying Globe Church and not from the […]

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Not only high rises clad in combustible cladding

Not only high rises clad in combustible cladding

For quite sometime I have been raising concerns at the use of extruded polystyrene paneling in homes and low rise residential units and flats. As an example here is a post from 2013. I therefore read with interest an article from ABC news stating that there are hundreds of Australian homes covered in combustible cladding. My guess? The true number is in the thousands. The […]

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Why should NSW Insureds foot the majority of the bill for improvements in emergency services?

Why should NSW Insureds foot the majority of the bill for improvements in emergency services?

It is disappointing to me that at a time when insurance premiums are rising, and will no doubt rise further with the various natural catastrophes occurring around Australia, that the NSW government are seeking to increase the Emergency Services Levy on those that are prudent enough to Insure. The whole collection method is already a nightmare. Let me explain why. The NSW Government (Treasury) sets […]

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Doing the right thing

Doing the right thing

Over the past 12 months, we have seen the Royal Commission looking at both Banking and the Insurance Industries and identifying behaviour which confirms societies view of the Finance sector in that insurance is a vital part. Of course, it is not just the insurance and finance sector which has been pulled into disrepute lately, with the hospital systems, particularly in Queensland, the construction industry […]

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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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New advice to ‘Just drive off’ following carjacking of a crash victim

New advice to ‘Just drive off’ following carjacking of a crash victim

Victorian drivers are required by law to stop and exchange details with the other party(ies) if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident. New advice has been issued from the Police following a recent event where a crash victim, a woman, had a gun pointed at her head in a horrific carjacking , their tactic hitting into her vehicle to lure her out. WA […]

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Thanks InsuranceNEWs and all those that wrote

Thanks InsuranceNEWs and all those that wrote

Just a quick post to thank Terry McMullan and the team from InsuranceNEWS for picking up on my blog post on Monday about the effect that the Australian Government’s decision to remove Insurance Loss Adjusting from the Skilled Migration Program will have on our industry. A number of people saw either the InsuranceNEWS article or my blog post and have written in expressing their concern. […]

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Insurers forget “utmost good faith” at our peril

Insurers forget “utmost good faith” at our peril

I get so frustrated when I see dishonesty in any part of the insurance claims process. I fully support all efforts to stamp out genuine claims leakage and dishonesty on the part of the Insured and or repairers who milk the system. But equally if an Insurer is acting with scant disregard to the principle of utmost good faith I am equally appalled. Before I […]

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