Humbled at the Midway Club

Humbled at the Midway Club

It was a most interesting day for me at the Midway Club today. The Club was founded by senior insurance personnel who had moved from interstate as a way of welcoming them and their wives to Melbourne. As a rough around the edges Brisbane boy who had gone to a public school, I was a little worried when I was transferred to Melbourne to take […]

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Changes to the New Zealand Residential Tenancies Act and to PolicyComparison in Australia on methamphetamines.

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2) has just passed the Select Committee stage of the New Zealand legislative process. The Bill will change the Residential Tenancies Act (1986) in ways that will affect general insurers in the following areas: clarifying the state of the law regarding tenants’ responsibility for careless damage to property, including insurers’ rights of recovery; requiring landlords to disclose information about their […]

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The difference between Home and Strata Insurance

A number of insurance brokers have contacted me of late concerned that unit holders and body corporates are obtaining quotations from comparator sites and some new entrant direct insurers on their body corporate or their individual unit. This of course is a nightmare situation as the cover afforded under a home building policy is totally different from a residential strata complex. Issues such as common […]

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Warning on Asbestos Imports

Since the beginning of 2004, Australia has had a complete ban on the importation, manufacture and use of asbestos and products containing asbestos. As with some of the electrical wiring and insulated foam panels that are being imported from China, it has now been found that building materials, auto parts, crayons and other products imported into Australia from China, contain asbestos. It is my understanding […]

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