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Property owners could pay for G20 riot damage

Many Australians could be left to foot thousands of dollars in repair costs should riots break out during the G20 and result in the destruction of private property.

Most insurance policies contain clauses that exclude damage caused by acts of terrorism, which includes any action designed to influence government that involves violence and the damage of property, for example riots.

With world leaders now moving into Brisbane for the G20 summit this weekend, it’s a timely reminder to consider what you can do.

“Residents should check whether they are covered. If they’re not, they should enquire about the costs of covering the gap,” said Shine Lawyers Disaster Insurance Recovery solicitor George Newhouse.

“In our opinion, the government should cover the costs of any property damage,” said Mr Newhouse.

“Property and business owners didn’t ask for the G20 so why should they be forced to cover the cost of any damage they suffer as a result of the event?

“We call on the State and Federal Governments to underwrite the costs of repairing private property damage that results from the G20 riots.” he said.


Written by George Newhouse

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: November 11, 2014.

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