Cough up, MP tells insurers

FEDERAL MP Shayne Neumann said he told insurance companies to stop procrastinating and start helping flood victims.

Mr Neumann attended a bipartisan briefing by Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten in Canberra with other MPs from flood-affected areas.

Senior representatives from Allianz and Suncorp and Insurance Council of Australia chief executive Rob Whelan also attended the briefing.

Mr Neumann said he told insurance companies to communicate better with their clients and to stop procrastinating about their claims.

“People in Ipswich and the Somerset region shouldn’t have to deal with truculence and obstinacy from their insurers when they have already been through so much,” he said.

“I invited the insurance company representatives to come to areas like Bundamba, Brassall, Fernvale and Esk to see first hand what my constituents are facing to rebuild their lives after the devastating floods.”

Mr Neumann said he was pleased to have the opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation with the insurance companies and “has left them in no doubt about what outcome he expects”.

“I intend to pursue this issue case by case, house by house, person by person and I won’t rest until flood affected residents in my electorate of Blair have been paid what is owed to them,” he said.

“I urge residents who are having trouble with insurance claims to contact me on 3201 5300 or email me at shayne.neumann.mp@aph.gov.au.”



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