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Chubb’s TV hell: victims and villains, or smoke and mirrors?

6 July 2020

A late-night message to insuranceNEWS.com.au’s Facebook page suggested something was up...

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Digital or bust: the now and the next for Australian insurers

29 June 2020

By Marianne Hutchinson, Insurance Lead, Accenture Australia and New Zealand...

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Forcing change: could insurers do more to influence climate policy?

22 June 2020

As fossil fuel pressure campaigns continue to build, and insurers withdraw cover in the context of a hardening market, brokers with affected clients are hitting back...

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Beyond the virus: new risks emerge as world changes

15 June 2020

Coronavirus upheavals may have turned the world upside down in the past few months but Swiss Re’s Sonar report finds new technologies and the shift toward lower-carbon solutions remain key drivers of emerging risks...

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Demanding better: code committee calls out failings

1 June 2020

Despite the Hayne royal commission and regulators hammering home messages about trust, culture and customer focus, a report by the General Insurance Code Governance Committee suggests that for some the message still isn’t sinking in...

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Insurance by subscription in a post-pandemic world

25 May 2020

Over the past few months COVID-19 has brought waves of uncertainty and disruption to just about every industry in the world, and the insurance industry is no exception...

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A messy business: court action looms over BI wording

18 May 2020

As wrestling over coronavirus business interruption coverage, or the lack of it, ramped up in the US and UK, the Australian insurance industry was able to watch from a position of relative comfort...

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Home truths on the future of work

11 May 2020

The Federal Government has outlined clear plans to awaken the economy from its virus-induced slumber by July – with workers returning to office environments a key part of measures designed to bring back a level of normality...

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Falling short: MPs miss their mark during uninformed hearings

4 May 2020

The warning signs were there before last week’s parliamentary hearings into the insurance industry even started, with committee Chairman Tim Wilson stating falsely that the Hayne royal commission had identified "widespread misconduct" within the industry...

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Emergency exit: Australia, NZ in pole position to unwind lockdown

27 April 2020

Any investor worth their salt knows a good exit strategy is as vital to a good outcome as anything that came before...

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Feeling the heat: BI cover comes in for scrutiny

20 April 2020

Anything can happen once politics becomes entwined with insurance matters, and globally it’s the turn of business interruption cover to feel the heat...

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Aid to SMEs: it's not too late for some alternative thinking

6 April 2020

The insurance response to the coronavirus pandemic, which played out over the past week, was supposed to be an industry-wide solution to keep SME businesses insured and engaged. But it ended up being a solution that angered brokers and caused a great deal of debate...

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'Herding cats' through a coronavirus crisis

30 March 2020

Make no mistake, the general insurance industry wants to do all it can to help consumers and small businesses get through COVID-19...

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How will insurers weather COVID-19?

23 March 2020

Most economic losses stemming from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic will not be insured, and the most notable takeaway for insurers is likely to be the magnitude of the protection gap...

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Coronavirus: some insurance questions answered

16 March 2020

Declarations of insurance catastrophes haven’t been all that uncommon over the past six months, but the COVID-19 outbreak is unlike anything that has gone before...

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Enough is enough: Suncorp steams in on mitigation

9 March 2020

The insurance industry has been pushing governments to invest more in disaster mitigation for more than a decade – but this summer’s bushfire catastrophe appears to have brought the debate to boiling point…

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Coronavirus: should I stay or should I go?

2 March 2020

The spread of the coronavirus to a rising number of countries has triggered emergency responses, thrown international stock markets into a tailspin and is causing Australians to reassess travel plans and question their insurance...

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The bushfire royal commission: what's at stake for the industry

24 February 2020

Okay, so the stage is set for a bushfires royal commission, one that Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he "thought very deeply" about before deciding to make good on his words and go ahead with it...

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Cyber danger: clear, present and more menacing than ever

17 February 2020

Not that many years ago cyber risk was viewed as no more than just a mid-tier peril, not something that would give business executives too much to worry about...

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The changing world of ICA leadership

10 February 2020

The decision by Insurance Council of Australia CEO Rob Whelan to step aside after nearly 10 years in the role presents the organisation’s board with some interesting possibilities...

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