November 29th 2003

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: 40 million Aussies? The immigration debate revisited

COVER STORY RESPONSE : No immigration policy without an industry policy

EDITORIAL: Time to reform super

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Illegal immigration returns as an election issue

MURRAY DARLING: Backdown on water confiscation plan

LAW: United Nations delays human cloning ban

QUEENSLAND: Labor falters, but where is the opposition?

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Poleaxed / Tax Avoidance / Collateral damage

LETTERS: Destruction of Australia's textile industry

LETTERS: The bushfire nightmare

LETTERS: Bushfires and the insurance industry

LETTERS: Jim Cairns: the real legacy

LETTERS: Organised opposition

LETTERS: Call for funding to support the unborn

SBS TV should not telecast Vietnamese communist propaganda

ASIA: Why Japan has lifted its military profile

BOOKS: Death as a salesman: What's wrong with Assisted Suicide, by Brian Johnston

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Bushfires and the insurance industry

by Michael Arnold

News Weekly, November 29, 2003

I refer to the your article on bushfires in News Weekly (November 1).

Whilst the insurance industry in this country has hardly identified itself recently with either intelligence or integrity, it does seem remarkable it has apparently taken no action itself to identify the contributory factors and to influence matters along the lines you suggest.

Although the prime concern is the disastrous consequences for the community, there is also enormous cost to the insurance industry - and this itself will then be passed on in the form of higher premiums.

Why has the insurance industry remained silent on these issues?

They make enquiries regarding the location of properties in bush fire prone areas - but why are they not making any effort to change the government policies?

Is that not what an intelligent and pro-active industry should be doing?

Michael Arnold
Institute of Public Insurance Assessors
North Sydney, NSW

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