Margaret joins new taskforce
MARGARET Shaw is becoming a name that rolls off our top politicians’ tongues.
She’s got Prime Minister Tony Abbott announcing her as part of a northern Australia insurance taskforce and MPs like Warren Entsch and George Christensen among her fiercest fans.
But the people who Ms Shaw matters to the most are the homeowners in the Whitsundays and elsewhere throughout Queensland whose strata insurance premiums have risen exponentially.
Ms Shaw has been fighting against these injustices since 2011 and last week she was appointed to a reference panel advising the government’s Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce.
The taskforce is charged with investigating options for more affordable insurance such as a mutual society or re-insurance pool.
Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said he considered it vital to have a consumer representative on the taskforce reference panel and he strongly advocated for Ms Shaw.
“(Margaret) has a wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of the insurance industry, combined with the experience of being a treasurer on the body corporate of a 25-unit apartment complex,” he said.
“I thought her involvement was critical and if Margaret doesn’t tick off on the recommendations, I won’t be supporting them.”
Ms Shaw said she appreciated the faith shown in her by Mr Christensen and Mr Entsch and was determined not to let down the people of northern Australia.
“And I’m sure it will be of benefit to have someone on the taskforce who has experienced first-hand the insurance crisis and who can fully represent those affected,” she said.