LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today called on insurance companies to do the right thing and honour their policies in the wake of the natural disaster across North Queensland.
Ms Frecklington said up to 20 'mum and dad' small businesses at one shopping centre in Townsville have been told their claims will likely be rejected because of a fine print definition about storm water verses flood water.
"Insurance companies must ditch these tricky tactics and pay out on their policies," Ms Frecklington said.
"These family businesses paid their premiums and have been devasted by this disaster.
"I am calling on the Premier to work with me and stand up for these businesses.
"It is clear that many of these businesses were affected by stormwater after days and days of heavy rain.
"Townsville can't afford to lose any more jobs. These businesses need to reopen fast and that means insurance companies paying out."