Funding cuts to universities – how shortsighted is this?

It will come as no surprise that I am completely against the Federal Government reducing funding to universities by a staggering $2 billion. As many readers know, I have been working extremely hard for quite some time to set up a Master of Insurance Law and Practice degree at Victoria University, Melbourne. This I do in the hope it will assist the insurance industry and […]

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Feature in BRW Magazine

I was honoured to be chosen to represent Victoria University in an article on higher degrees that appeared in this week’s BRW Magazine. To read the full article by Leo D’Angelo Fisher please go to: http://www.brw.com.au/p/sections/focus/mba_take_it_to_the_next_level_B7INNY3g7cBYzYAAzpzAZO

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Encouraging news out of the APEC Summit

Adam Matteson of Arch Underwriting at Lloyd’s who is on the Victoria University’s Master of Insurance Law and Practice degree Program Advisory Board with me, wrote saying that he felt that the push at the APEC meeting regarding the recognition of tertiary education being recognised across borders is very welcome news. What I understand is that various Ministers and education officials have already agreed on key […]

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End of Financial Year – Big issues for 2012-2013

The 2012 financial year was interesting to say the least. It ended with wonderful news for us at LMI in that 2 of our staff had children this week. First up Prasad a senior researcher in LMI RiskCoach division had a baby girl on Tuesday 26th June. Today, Gloria, our graphic artist who works in both our IT division and LMI Media had a baby boy. I wish both children live […]

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Victoria University Program Advisory Board Holds First Meeting

It was extremely pleasing to host the historic first meeting of the Master of Insurance Law and Practice, Program Advisory Board at Victoria University’s Law School on Thursday evening. Despite it being a cold wet Melbourne evening, senior people representing a very broad cross-section of the insurance community attended and provided very useful feedback and information on the direction they would like the course to take. […]

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Building an insurance library for all – Can you help?

I have been a bit of Bowerbird when it comes to books on insurance. I have retained every one used through my studies and have purchased a large number over the years. I find them useful as I go back to them time and time again for some reason or other. When I was with GAB Robins in Melbourne during the 1990s, Mrs Iris Salmon, […]

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Was this the most important court decision of the 20th Century?

Today, May 26 2012, is the 80th anniversary of what (to me) is the most important judgment to the insurance industry delivered in the 20th Century.  While this case is introduced in the most basic of law studies, many fail to appreciate the momentous change that the decision heralded. While five Law Lords of the English House of Lords decided the case, the ruling by one, an Australian […]

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Preview of this weeks postings

It has been a big week for both LMI and I this week. I was part of a training program that has been travelling around Australia and this week we delivered sessions in Newcastle, Canberra and Sydney. The concept is a mock trial involving matters based on real cases. I do not want to say more as it has next week to run in Hobart, […]

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Where Does All the Knowledge Go? Give It a New Home!

Recently I have had the need to ring a senior insurance expert for advice and have learnt that they have retired and while they are still happy to assist where they can, they have advised me that they have dumped all the reference files that they had built up over a lifetime. This is not a new phenomenon. It is often at the insistence of their […]

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Sad Passing of Sir Zelman Cowen

As some of you know I am a Research Fellow at Victoria Univesity and am attached in that capacity to the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre. It with this background that I join the staff and students of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre in mourning the death of Sir Zelman Cowen, AK GCMG GCVO QC, who passed away on 8 December 2011. Sir Zelman’s lifelong commitment to education was […]

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