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Product Recalls Australia – 22 January 2020

Product Recalls Australia – 22 January 2020

This week’s recalls include: Honda Australia Pty Ltd — Honda Accord MY1998-2000, CR-V MY1998-2000, Legend MY1998-2000 Kawasaki Motors Pty Ltd — Kawasaki Mule Pro FX, Mule Pro FXT and Mule Pro FXT LE MY2015-2020 Costco Wholesale Australia Pty Ltd — Feit Electric 2 Pack Smart Bulbs Big Babies Co — Giraffe-Shaped Wooden Teether Lotus Cars Limited — Lotus Elise 2ZR Supercharged Models MY2012-2020 Mitsubishi Motors […]

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With the rains come new risks – landslip

With the rains come new risks – landslip

It is expected that much needed rain is going to fall over the areas badly effected by bush fires this summer. Without the grasses, bushes and trees to hold the soil in place there is a much greater threat of landslip and inundation from rainwater. Please keep this in mind if you are travelling or live in a area so effected.

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Can’t afford insurance! – can you really afford not to have any?

Can’t afford insurance! – can you really afford not to have any?

Last week it was reported that a jewelry store in Melbourne’s CBD was robbed of over a million dollars worth of opals. The report went on to say that the owners elected not to insure at last renewal due to the increasing cost of insurance. What ever the premium was, with the benefit of hindsight would be significantly less than the financial loss they now […]

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Rebuilding buildings destroyed in the bush fires

Rebuilding buildings destroyed in the bush fires

In 1666, Sir Christopher Wren was already drawing up plans for the new London while the city was still burning during what we now know as the Great Fire of London. I am not sure we are as fast or long term thinking as those in the 17th Century. One thing that is clear is that it would be fool hardy in the extreme to […]

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Bushfire BBQ Safety Checklist – Elgas

Bushfire BBQ Safety Checklist – Elgas

Elgas has published a helpful Bushfire BBQ Safety Checklist to assist the public if a bushfire is approaching. It outlines the steps you should take to ensure they are as safe as possible and for the best way to prevent any worsening conditions due to the gas. It was reported from the Mallacoota fires that people could hear exploding gas bottles in the fires but […]

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Car thefts at high level

Car thefts at high level

Suncorp have reported a spike in car thefts during the summer months. On top of all the bush fire losses this is not good news for the public with the stress that this causes. It is not just stress for having lost the car itself but whatever was in the car and the cost of insurance moving forward. The research conducted by Suncorp showed that […]

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Why can’t the Australian states learn from each other?

Why can’t the Australian states learn from each other?

Last year I posted a number of articles despairing at the lack of consistency between the Australian states on so many issues such as bush fire overlays, swimming pool fencing etc. The latest one that astounds me is that while all fire trucks in the Country Fire Authority are fitted with roll over cages, many in New South Wales are not. 3 fire fighters have […]

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Product Recalls Australia – 8 January 2020

Product Recalls Australia – 8 January 2020

Happy New Year! The first of Australia’s 2020 recalls are: Giant Bicycle Co Pty Ltd — Pinner DH Flat Pedals Volvo Car Australia — Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V40, V40CC and S90 MY2014-2017 Volvo Car Australia — Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V40 and V40CC MY2014-2017 BMW Group Australia Ltd — BMW F90 M5 and F92 M8 MY2019

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Blistering Paint Exclusions

Blistering Paint Exclusions

I have had a few questions about damage to paintwork under home and contents policies. Using the resources of LMI PolicyComparison there is a range of exclusions in policies. Common ones include: Scorching or melting where there is no flame Smoke or soot or heat or ash (in various combinations) where the building has not caught fire Heat ash soot and smoke when the Building […]

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A quick update on LMI’s response to the bush fires

A quick update on LMI’s response to the bush fires

My colleagues and I from LMI are looking after losses arising from the bush fires in 4 states using our locally based claims teams. We are fortunate to be able to assist in every state and territory in Australia and New Zealand, the only firm with team members all around. It also allows us the opportunity to bring in additional resources as required from other […]

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