Mar­garet joins new task­force

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Mar­garet Shaw

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