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Tuesday, 8 August 2006
Page: 133

Mr Bowen asked the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, in writing, on 28 November 2005:

For 2004-05, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of payments made by the Minister’s department to small business were not made within (i) 30 and (ii) 60 days of receipt of the goods or services and a proper invoice in accordance with Government procurement policy.

Mr Billson (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a) (i)   1,010

(ii)   306

(b) (i)   4.66 per cent

(ii)   1.41 per cent