Lessons learned by a fire in my home Christmas 2018

Lessons learned by a fire in my home Christmas 2018

A Christmas to remember. After helping people through home and business fires for nearly 48 years, ‘it did happen to me’, at around 10:30pm Christmas night. After only about 1 1/2 hours sleep that night I posted a quick note on Facebook with a few photos. The response I received was a complete surprise. There were a few common themes. The first which was only […]

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The risk that irresponsible drone users pose on the rest of us

The risk that irresponsible drone users pose on the rest of us

Over the busy holiday period we saw that tens of thousands of people were inconvenienced and no doubt airlines and the airport lost significant sums of money (the cynic in me suggests that big business losing money is more important to government than an inconvenienced public) all due to some yet to be identified individuals flying a drone over or near the airport. It is […]

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Privacy International investigation finds a huge number of Android apps share data with Facebook — whether you have an account or not

Privacy International investigation finds a huge number of Android apps share data with Facebook — whether you have an account or not

During the past few years, Facebook has been in the news for breach of privacy issues. I therefore share with you an article prepared by Privacy International following an investigation they undertook that found that a huge number of Android apps share data with Facebook — whether you have an account or not. How Apps on Android Share Data with Facebook – Privacy International 2018 (1) […]

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2 alternative approaches to the ever increasing risk to us all by people by distracted while driving

2 alternative approaches to the ever increasing risk to us all by people by distracted while driving

As regular readers of my blog know I have been crusading for a while regarding texting and general use on mobile phones while driving. It needs to be addressed in view of the huge amount of needless accidents causing loss of life, serious injury and property damage. I applaud those insurers that are making it a blanket exclusion under motor vehicle policies and I see […]

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A couple of examples of excellent Service – Chubb Insurance and Hoselink

A couple of examples of excellent Service – Chubb Insurance and Hoselink

Claims even happen to those like me in the industry and I have written on times when I had terrible service to the point I changed our business insurer. Over the weekend my home had some water entry. I was home at the time of the storm and having been woken by it went around the home and as soon as I saw the problem […]

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Please take the Federal Government’s advice on solar panels

Please take the Federal Government’s advice on solar panels

You will have heard on the news the spat between the Federal and State Governments on the issue of faulty solar panel installations. To me it is the insulation bat scandal all over again with a number of dodgy individuals out to make a quick buck. In my own case I rang the association and sought their advice on who was long term and respectable. […]

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Storm chaos in Melbourne – timely reminder of the dangers of flooded roads

Storm chaos in Melbourne – timely reminder of the dangers of flooded roads

News.com.au reported on Friday that Melbourne was expecting a months worth of rain in one day. All across the state we saw cars stranded by flood waters as a result of the heavy downpour. And more is on the way according to the bureau. “The SES had more than 720 callouts in 24 hours since Friday 9am. Richmond, Darley, Werribee, Bacchus Marsh and Hawthorn were the […]

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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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