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27 Jun 2017

The NSW Government says it will do all it can to avoid a tragedy like London’s Grenfell Tower disaster.

Flammable cladding on the North Kensington tower block caused the rapid spread of a fire that claimed the lives of at least 79 people.

Concerns were previously raised at the amount of similar cladding used in Sydney buildings and the lack of action from authorities, particularly following a fire at the Lacrosse apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands in 2014 which also spread rapidly due to flammable cladding.

Now the NSW Government is believed to be creating “a comprehensive building product safety scheme”, likely to include powers to prevent use of unsafe...

13 Jun 2017

Looks like Emergency Services Levy will stay for a little longer. This levy is only paid by insurance purchasers and funds Fire Fighters & SES etc in NSW. This tax is an unfair levy on insurance policies as everyone in the community has access to the services but only insurance purchasers pay the levy. Please note this levy adds over 20% to most home & contents insurance policies and over 30% to business insurance policies.

The insurance industry has fort for decades to remove this levy and move it to land rates (that way all of the community contributes to the levy) which is a fair way for the levy to be charged.

There is a lot of uncertai...

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