Follow up to yesterday’s rant

Follow up to yesterday’s rant

My rant certainly generated a lot of feedback in the form of phone calls, emails and comments on the various social media links to this blog. This morning I see that someone in NSW accused of lighting fires has again been allowed out on bail. Arson along with murder was once a capital crime showing the seriousness of the crime in the eyes of society. […]

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Blog Question Comment: Police not assisting in advising vehicle owner’s details

Blog Question Comment: Police not assisting in advising vehicle owner’s details

In response to my post about making sure it is safe to exchange details with the third party in a motor vehicle accident, I received the following comment. Hi Allan, Further to your latest article regarding the car jacking and obtaining TP [third party] details through the Police. We have found that within South Australia this is a lot harder than what it must be […]

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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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Loss Adjusters removed from Skilled Migration Program – Please help change the Government’s mind

Loss Adjusters removed from Skilled Migration Program – Please help change the Government’s mind

Following political pressure about the number of home invasions and other crimes being committed by immigrants and the routing of the visa system by far too many,  the Australian Government have done away with the 457 Visas, and as part of this have removed insurance loss adjusting as an occupation/profession that is able to come into Australia. From what I gather, this is not for […]

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Reduce funding of ASIC when the Royal Commission showed up so many problems and risk from natural disasters continuing to be ignored

Reduce funding of ASIC when the Royal Commission showed up so many problems and risk from natural disasters continuing to be ignored

When I started this blog I did not have any intention of discussing political issues but wanted to focus on general insurance. I am into politics and do not belong to any political party nor do I vote for the same party at each election. I try and make an informed decision based on the promises of each side. With this background, decisions by governments do […]

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Which small businesses have mandatory data breach reporting obligations? + 1st Quarter statistics

Which small businesses have mandatory data breach reporting obligations? + 1st Quarter statistics

Another topic I have written a lot on is the Federal Government’s mandatory reporting regime. I have been asked many times to explain the obligations on small business and so I outline them below. After that I provide some stats at a high level on the first quarter reporting. From 22 February 2018, the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme (“NDB scheme”) requires a wide range of […]

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A Changing of the Guard – Financial Ombudsmen Service (FOS) soon out and Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) coming soon (1 November 2018)

The Australian Financial Complaints Limited (AFCL) has received authorisation from the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, the Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer, to establish and operate the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). Both the Minister (media release) and AFCL have issued a media release, and announced the new members of the AFCA Board. In case you have not seen either, I would advise the following key points. Under […]

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Changes to the New Zealand Residential Tenancies Act and to PolicyComparison in Australia on methamphetamines.

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2) has just passed the Select Committee stage of the New Zealand legislative process. The Bill will change the Residential Tenancies Act (1986) in ways that will affect general insurers in the following areas: clarifying the state of the law regarding tenants’ responsibility for careless damage to property, including insurers’ rights of recovery; requiring landlords to disclose information about their […]

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NSW introduces new laws to curb the serious issue of distracted drivers

I have posted several articles over the past few years on the very serious issue of people texting and generally being distracted by their mobile devices while driving. One post covered the terrible case where in February this year, a 22-year-old man, who allegedly took his eyes off the road for up to 20 seconds to use his phone, seriously injured two policemen setting up a […]

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Are fines imposed on SME’s for data breaches fair?

As from 23rd February 2018 legislation now requires that Australian businesses report data breaches. I have heard that there have already been an average of 10 notifications a week but this figure was on social media and I have not been able to verify the number. I appreciate that we all have a duty to protect the personal data of our customers and employees but I […]

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