The current situation with the fires in NSW shows the stupidity of imposing emergency services levies on General Insurance

The current situation with the fires in NSW shows the stupidity of imposing emergency services levies on General Insurance

I start by applauding the efforts of the fire fighters in New South Wales and Queensland including one of my brother-in-laws, a volunteer in the NSW Rural Fire Service. Yesterday morning, one of the senior officials from NSW Fire advised that, due to the catastrophic conditions expected today (12 November 2019) it is not going to be possible for the brigade to assist with property […]

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It seems to be all about taxes in NSW.

It seems to be all about taxes in NSW.

I start with the good news. I applaud the NSW Government for removing the dumping fees on asbestos waste (of up to a quarter of a tonne) in an effort to reduce the level of illegal dumping. LMI have become involved in a number of claims where innocent people have been left with massive clean up costs when they have been the victim of fly […]

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Emergency Services Levy – the added cost to insurance

Emergency Services Levy – the added cost to insurance

A few weeks ago when I was watching the disturbing photographs of the bush fires in Queensland and New South Wales they showed footage of the Premier of New South Wales meeting with volunteer fire fighters. I wanted to post something at the time, but did not feel it appropriate when people’s lives and homes were at risk, but the thought crossed my mind. How […]

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What will it take to make the Emergency Services Levy fair in NSW?

What will it take to make the Emergency Services Levy fair in NSW?

As many readers would appreciate, I have long been an advocate for the removal of emergency services levies on general insurance. Back in June 2012, I reported that the NSW Government was entering into a public discussion on the fairness or otherwise of having those prudent and risk averse to fund the majority of the fire services levy. A White Paper then came out from […]

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MFB also charging for fire extinguishment

MFB also charging for fire extinguishment

In January 2019, a fire occurred at a premises in Cambellfield that recycled a number of items and among this lithium batteries. In this case, the Melbourne Fire Brigade rang the landlord seeking a guarantee that they would meet the cost of excavators needed to assist in the extinguishing of the fire. As I understand it, the tenant also received a call, as did the […]

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Charges on top of charges when it comes to ESL

Charges on top of charges when it comes to ESL

As readers will know I have been quite vocal regarding the New South Wales government’s decision to renege on their commitment to remove the Emergency Service’s Levy from insurance. With the fire services, many of us think that anyone paying the emergency services levy receives the services of the fire brigades for free. This is not the case. If the site contains toxic chemicals or […]

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I fully support the review of Fire Service Levy in NZ

I fully support the review of Fire Service Levy in NZ

It was a nice way to end a tough week to read in InsuranceNEWS that the New Zealand Government is looking at alternatives to having the fire service levy heavily funded by insurance. There is absolutely no doubt that people buy less insurance when the price goes up. We saw it here in Victoria before the Black Saturday bush fires, in North Queensland due to […]

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Why should NSW Insureds foot the majority of the bill for improvements in emergency services?

Why should NSW Insureds foot the majority of the bill for improvements in emergency services?

It is disappointing to me that at a time when insurance premiums are rising, and will no doubt rise further with the various natural catastrophes occurring around Australia, that the NSW government are seeking to increase the Emergency Services Levy on those that are prudent enough to Insure. The whole collection method is already a nightmare. Let me explain why. The NSW Government (Treasury) sets […]

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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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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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