Insurers have defended price rises
Insurers have defended price rises for residential strata title insurance in north Queensland at a federal parliamentary inquiry.
Insurers have defended price rises for residential strata title insurance in north Queensland at a federal parliamentary inquiry.

A House of Representatives Committee began hearing evidence in Cairns yesterday and will head to Townsville tomorrow.

It is due to report in April on what has led to significant increases in insurance costs in recent years and whether the Government should intervene.

About 200 property owners attended the Cairns hearing yesterday afternoon.

All were angry at the massive jump in premiums and excess quotes for their units and apartments in the past few years.

They called for a 12-month moratorium on premiums and the establishment of a government-backed insurance company for Queensland, similar to the Territory Insurance Office.

Zurich Insurance spokesman Shaun Feely told the inquiry, prices had to go up to ensure future natural disasters could be covered.

"We've been operating in strata insurance for five years in north Queensland," he said.

"For every $100 we've collected, we've paid out $115."