Lucas, C and Eriksen, C and Bowman, D, A crisis of underinsurance threatens to scar rural Australia permanently, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 7 January 2020 (2020) [Newspaper Article]
Official URL: http://theconversation.com/a-crisis-of-underinsura...
Australia is in the midst of a bushfire crisis that will affect local communities for years, if not permanently, due to a national crisis of underinsurance.
Already more than 1,500 homes have been destroyed – with months still to go in the bushfire season. Compare this to 2009, when Victoria’s "Black Saturday" fires claimed more than 2,000 homes in February, or 1983, when the "Ash Wednesday" fires destroyed about 2,400 homes in Victoria and South Australia, also in February.
The 2020 fire season could end up surpassing these tragedies, despite the lessons learned and improvements in preparedness.
One lesson not really learned, though, is that home insurance is rarely sufficient to enable recovery. The evidence is many people losing their homes will find themselves unable to rebuild, due to lack of insurance.
|Item Type:||Newspaper Article|
|Keywords:||bushfires, disaster response, underinsurance|
|Research Division:||Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services|
|Research Group:||Banking, finance and investment|
|Research Field:||Insurance studies|
|Objective Division:||Commercial Services and Tourism|
|Objective Group:||Financial services|
|Objective Field:||Superannuation and insurance services|
|UTAS Author:||Lucas, C (Dr Chloe Lucas)|
|UTAS Author:||Bowman, D (Professor David Bowman)|
|Deposited By:||Plant Science|
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