Prof. Allan Manning's Blog

Giving back – Our bit to help conservation thanks to Roderick Insurance Brokers and their generous client Biovet Australia

Giving back – Our bit to help conservation thanks to Roderick Insurance Brokers and their generous client Biovet Australia

A few weeks back I put out a call for help in sourcing a ultra sound unit for the Berdiri Conservation Foundation based in Sumatra. We had several people write and offer their help with second hand units and while this was very generous their size and dependence on reliable 240 volt supply made it difficult due to the isolated location of the elephant refuge […]

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Climate Change – When will we start to believe?

Climate Change – When will we start to believe?

We saw earlier this year bush fires well before the start of the typical season and Queensland is currently suffering from over 100 reported bush fires. California has just come out of their worst ever wild fire season. It was therefore no surprise that Climate Change was one of the two topics addressed by the Insurance Council of Australia at their annual conference in Auckland […]

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Christmas Tree Fires – check your lights and have a water reservoir for your tree if it is real

Christmas Tree Fires – check your lights and have a water reservoir for your tree if it is real

I was out at Bunnings over the weekend and saw the local Scout Troop selling harvested Christmas Trees. Over the many years of my career, I have seen fires in Christmas trees both real and artificial. A fire is heart breaking at any time, but when the tree has all the presents beneath it and the fire starts it is even worse than ever. Faulty […]

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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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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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What will it take to change dangerous behaviour and it happened to us

What will it take to change dangerous behaviour and it happened to us

I was staggered at the number of people filmed driving through flooded roads during the storms this week in NSW. It not only puts the car at risk and the neighbouring property which is hit by the wake from the vehicle, but it puts the driver and passengers in danger and those that go to their rescue. Clearly there needs to be a three pronged […]

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Product Recalls Australia – 28 November 2018

Product Recalls Australia – 28 November 2018

This week’s product recalls includes: Alphapharm Pty Ltd t/as Mylan Australia — DILART® and DILART®HCT (Valsartan) Tablets Sports & Events Promotions Pty Ltd — Neighbourhood Watch Keyring LED Light American Special Vehicles Pty Ltd — RAM 2500 and 3500 Trucks BIG W — Christmas Wreath Candle Holder Nissan Motor Co (Australia) Pty Ltd — D22 Navara, J31 Maxima, N16 Pulsar, T30 X-Trail and Y61 Patrol […]

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Blog milestone and the importance of a good broker

Blog milestone and the importance of a good broker

This post marks the 1,200th article on this site with many more topics yet to tackle in our ever changing world of general insurance. One of the topics I have written on, in both my books and this blog, is the importance of a good insurance broker to a business. This was brought home to me this morning when I received an email from our […]

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Travel Insurance – A discussion brokers need to have with their clients

Travel Insurance – A discussion brokers need to have with their clients

I have been concerned for some time at what appears to be an increasing number of travel claims that have come to me where there was no cover in place, or the cover did not operate as it should. To assist brokers, LMI included Corporate Travel as one of the areas of risk to consider in the RiskCoach and ContinuityCoach products, while we added Corporate […]

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Great feedback on policy drafting

Great feedback on policy drafting

We at LMI are commissioned to undertake a great many policy drafting assignments with more and more each year. With our background in claims we strive to draft wordings that are clear, precise and provide the level of protection set by the underwriter. This is extremely important when it comes to marketing the product and even more so at the time of a claim.  Further […]

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