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Petition to CGU (Complaints), QUS, Curtis Pitt, The Federal Treasurer, SUU, CHU Insurance "Strata insurance specialists - and ONLY strata insurance", QBE, Allianz, The Hon Warren Entsch MP, The State Treasurer, Insurance Council of Australia, Annastacia Palaszczuk, CHUBB Insurance, Zurich Insurance, Hon Yvette D'Ath

Help North Queenslanders get fair and affordable insurance premiums

This petition was started in 2012. Since then the insurance crisis has spread beyond strata to include other insurances: commercial; home and contents; business; landlord’s; rural etc, and to include other areas of Australia leading to a solution required for Northern Australia not just Northern Qld although that is, and has always been, my priority. I cannot change the words of the petition as that is what people started signing but I can let you know I am continuing the fight.   Insurance companies in Queensland are driving homeowners to the wall. Premiums for units, large complexes and resorts in North Queensland have increased by 200-800%. House premiums are beginning to rise rapidly too.They are home to people like Lester, a self funded retiree. “Our complex premium has gone from $63,000 to $123,000. Several owners could not pay increased Body Corporate Fees which, in my case went from $1,900 to $3,000 per quarter. My wife and I are self funded retirees living on our allocated pension income. Since our allocated pension will not cover the increase in the Body Corporate Fees we are having to draw down from other savings to cover the situation. On top of that we are now restricted to very minimal visits to 6 grandchildren who are located in other areas. Our complex has not had a single insurance claim in the 6 years it has been built.” It’s completely unjustified -- many increases are for buildings that have not flooded, have not claimed for any cyclone damage (or minimal claims) in the last 5 years, and are not affected by bushfires. Also, because there are only one or two companies insuring larger buildings, they charge whatever they like. Meanwhile, the reports state that properties in Brisbane which did flood have received insurance premium increases of around 36%, and even in earthquake-torn Christchurch the increase is only 30% for residential properties.There are so many stories, it’s heart-breaking. These increases are devastating lives and businesses and causing huge mental, physical health and financial difficulties.North Queensland needs help NOW!!!! We want: · The recommendations resulting from the Cross Party Federal Parliamentary Inquiry to be actioned in full - in order to help ALL property owners  · The Insurance Council of Australia to concede there has been market failure in North Queensland Please sign the petition, ask the insurance companies to stop gouging North Queenslanders and give them a fair go.

Margaret Shaw
6,998 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Commonwealth Government, Scott Morrison, David Littleproud

The Murray Darling Basin Plan

The Murray Darling Basin Plan will cost Australian Taxpayers $13 billion. In one hundreds years of record taking there have never been recorded fish kills like the ones we are seeing now. Not only are we seeing fish deaths in the Darling of global significance, but since the 2009 and the introduction of the 2007 Water Act there have been 4 hypoxic blackwater events in the Edward/Wakool system, which spread into the Murray and Murrumbidgee systems killing hundreds of thousands of native fish. Currently poor water management and policy is causing horrific fish deaths along the Darling, it is also causing river bank erosion and slumping in the Murray system due to the unsustainable high flows been pushed through. The flooding of forests along the Murray in order to get water to South Australia in the middle of a drought highlights the flawed assumptions used to model the Murray Darling Basin Plan. The significant flooding has resulted in the deaths of many animals, including natives because flooding has depleted food supplies. Government and large corporations have been complicit in dividing communities and have failed rural communities and family farmers who have the capacity to ensure the environment is sustainably managed for the next generation.  Environment and agricultural policy must go hand in hand, one does not need to be in competition with the other. As a nation we need to respond, the management of our most precious resource is embarrassing, irresponsible and lacks transparency. Please sign and share this petition and encourage others to insist that our national leaders call those responsible for water management to account.   We call on all governments to put politics aside and start governing for the whole Basin by treating rural communities, family farms and the environment with respect and on an equal footing.

Speak Up Campaign
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