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Monday, 25 May 2009
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Mr Ciobo asked the Minister for Resources and Energy and the Minister for Tourism, in writing, on 19 March 2009:

(1)   From 3 December 2007 to 19 March 2009:

(a)   how many and what percentage of payments made by the Minister’s department to small businesses were not made within

(i)   30, and

(ii)   60 days of receipt of the goods or services and an invoice; and

(b)   what was the average time lapsed between invoice received and payments made by the Minister’s department to small businesses.


Mr Martin Ferguson (Minister for Resources and Energy and Minister for Tourism) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

For the period 3 December 2008 to 30 June 2008:

(1)  

(a)  

(i)   My Department made 17 payments (1.6%) to small businesses between 30 and 60 days.

(ii)   My Department made 4 payments (0.4%) to small businesses after 60 days.

(b)   The average time lapsed between invoice received and payments made by my Department to small business was 11.9 days.