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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ICNZ’s fight to remove unfair FENZ levy

ICNZ’s fight to remove unfair FENZ levy

As reported in Insurance News, New Zealand Insurers are working once again to abolish the unfair fire and emergency services levy imposed on Insurance policies. Those who have followed me for a while know the hard work we have put in to fight the same thing here in Australia, where we have been successful in Victoria and through www.NoTaxOnInsurance.com where we continue our efforts for the […]

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Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence

A lot of world’s insurance premium pricing is based on the US Hurricane Season so it is not a good start when such a significant hurricane arrives so early in the season. While our thoughts and prayers are with all of the people in the path of Hurricane Florence, I hope for everyone’s sake that it is not as severe as predicted and damage is […]

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ANNOUNCING – Lessons Learned: Chicago

ANNOUNCING – Lessons Learned: Chicago

Today, I consider to be a great day, for it is when I completed the final proof read of my latest book. This one is different as for the first time I co-authored with my daughter, Susan. The book looks at 6 major events over Chicago’s history. These are: The Great Chicago Fire The Haymarket Riots The Iroquois Theatre Fire SS Eastland Tylenol Murders The […]

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Bush fire warnings for NSW and QLD

Bush fire warnings for NSW and QLD

I heard on the news this morning that there is extreme bush fire danger in parts of NSW and QLD. To think that this is coming in historically, the coldest month of the year for Australia, and not the height of summer, is a wake up call that this risk is ever present. Those living in bush fire prone areas need to have a carefully […]

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The insurance industry needed a good 2018 – The Carr Fire in California is the worst in the state’s history.

The insurance industry needed a good 2018 – The Carr Fire in California is the worst in the state’s history.

In Northern California, the Carr Fire has burned at least 110,154 acres since Monday 23rd July and is reported to have claimed at least six lives according to media reports and Cal Fire. The cause of the fire was a “mechanical failure in a vehicle.” To date over 38,000 people have been evacuated due to the fire. It has been reported that the surveying of […]

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Greek Wildfires – an update

Greek Wildfires – an update

While I was over in Fiji to deliver a paper at a conference I heard that Greece had been hit by wild fires. I checked with our staff with a Greek heritage to ensure their families were okay and I immediately dropped a note to our fellow International Institute of Claims Preparers member Fair Consulting’s Managing Director to make sure he and his family and […]

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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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Natural Perils – learn more about floods, hurricanes, sinkholes, and volcanoes with Disaster Week on SBS

Natural Perils – learn more about floods, hurricanes, sinkholes, and volcanoes with Disaster Week on SBS

Coinciding with the release of LMI’s ContinuityCoach.com Version 2.0 next month, SBS is kindly running a 4 part series of documentaries on Natural Perils. While Natural Perils are only 1 of 12 categories of risk that ContinuityCoach addresses, it is an important one with not all necessarily covered by insurance. Sinkholes: Deadly Drops’ Imagine if your backyard just disappeared one day – falling into a […]

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