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Andrew Jenkin
On 4 June 2020, the NSW Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson announced proposed amendments to the Work Health and Safety Amendment (Review) Bill 2020 that are aimed to make it easier to prosecute certain offences which can lead to prison time and increase fines for breaches of the Work Health and Safety...
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While Australia has been relatively protected from the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to date, many businesses have been disrupted due to travel, import and/or export restrictions. JHR we believe in being open and transparent about the insurance cover our clients hold. Below we outline common insurance products and the probable impact of COVID-19...
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In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO stated there is a high risk of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading to other countries around the world. WHO and public health authorities around...
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Nine News reported that we have just endured the deadliest day of the crisis yet, news.com.au quoted an expert who said that it could be “impossible to contain”, and there are currently 14 confirmed cases in Australia while the second Qantas repatriation flight returned from besieged Wuhan over the weekend. It looks as if the...
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The local insurance industry has warned that “broad exclusions normally apply” to pandemics and epidemics such as the current coronavirus outbreak. Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan on December 31, fits the definition of an epidemic but is not yet considered a pandemic. According to the World Health...
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A team of experts including Judith Hackitt, who led a review into UK building regulations after the Grenfell Tower fire, will convene next year to look at ways to reform Victoria’s troubled construction sector. Better Regulation and Red Tape Commissioner Anna Cronin will chair the panel. The panellists’ first task will be to set principles...
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Queensland MP George Christensen has supported linking insurance licensing with an obligation to provide cover in northern Australia, after continuing to hear complaints about lack of availability and soaring premiums. “We are hearing that, in some cases, no Australian insurer is currently willing to offer new insurance policies to strata title apartments or commercial hotels...
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The Property Council of Australia has joined other prominent industry bodies in calling for the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to immediately convene an industry roundtable on resolving the insurance crisis for the building and construction sectors. The Council’s Chief Executive Ken Morrison said: “For too long, different levels of government have been passing the...
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An analysis of 212 building audits in three states has found more than half of high-rise blocks have at least one defect, prompting calls for an insurance overhaul to address the problem. Building fabric and cladding issues top the list of flaws, followed by fire protection, waterproofing, roof and rainwater disposal, and structural issues, the...
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The Greens want Canberra to finance a $50 million kitty to help affected apartment owners pay for the urgent removal of flammable cladding materials. The Emergency Cladding Safety Fund is part of a five-point plan the Greens are pushing to address the cladding crisis ahead of the federal election next week. “Governments are passing the...
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