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Workers’ Union's insurance criticisms torn apart

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Insurance Business | 05 Oct 2012, 12:03 AM Agree 0
Insurance expert Allan Manning has hammered the Australian Workers’ Union’s “naive” criticisms of the ethics of the insurance industry over the fire levy removal by building the facts-based case for the tax’s demise.
  • John from Brisbane | 05 Oct 2012, 11:31 AM Agree 0
    Dr Manning - Our own industry's Obi Wan Kenobi. The voice of reason, common sense and wise counsel.
  • NSW Resident | 05 Oct 2012, 01:35 PM Agree 0
    What a load of rubbish. The biggest beneficiary of the fire services is..... insurance companies. Stop hiding behind the hoax that insurers care for the community. Insurers have been lobbying for these changes for a long time, and that isn't for the 'greater good'. I'll be making a submission through
  • Common Sense | 05 Oct 2012, 03:28 PM Agree 0
    NSW Resident, you must be pretty thick to think that an insurance company benefits more than the family who loses their home or a business that has to close and lay off staff because of inadequate fire and emergency services. What about those trapped in horrific car accidents? Without funding how do they afford the machinery to extract that person in a life threatening situation? What about the child that is stuck in a storm water drain or an elderly couple trapped in a high rise unit, unable to escape because of smoke? And after all of these compelling reasons why the community is the biggest beneficiary you still think it's the insurance companies?? From someone that knows first hand how important this issue is and knows how those in the services feel about it, I can tell you right now that your remarks are not only so wide of the mark, but they are totally disgusting! Perhaps when you are in a situation that requires emergency services to attend, you may think again about your remarks and reflect on how ridiculous they were!!!
  • Robert Cooper | 05 Oct 2012, 06:00 PM Agree 0
    Good on you Allan. The great defender of our profession.
    Alan Jones is a NSW Resident isn't he?
  • Richard N | 05 Oct 2012, 07:25 PM Agree 0
    Insurance companies have already admitted they would not pass on the full windfall they would get from not having to pay for fire services.
    Getting the uninsured to pay without giving a $700 million bonus to rich businesses is easy. Keep the current insurance funded system but add a levy for uninsured people, just like the Medicare levy for those without health insurance. THAT is the fairest system of all. Rich business still pays, but there is an incentive to be insured. And the poor farmers won't be bankrupted by a new land tax.
  • Kay Jackson | 20 Nov 2012, 07:39 PM Agree 0
    If the collection of this TAX is such a windfall why are the councils in Victoria kicking up a stink about being upaid tax collectors with having to place this TAX on rates notices
    If it was such a money spinner everyone would be putting thier hands up to collect the FSL - In Country Victoria there are many consumers (Farmers included) that cannot afford the insurance premium once FSL, Stamp Duty and GST is added - The new propety based system is much a fairer system and does not mean that only the people doing the right thing and insuring their properties have to pay the FSL - Well said Allan and once again thank you for sticking up for our Industry that does so much good for the community.
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