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Notice given 7 January 2009

*1212  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to account 1455 for Intuit Technologies for work undertaken in January and November 2007:

(1) Have invoices 53223 and 67168 been paid by the department; if not: (a) why not; and (b) what is the reason for the delay.

(2) If the invoices have been paid: (a) exactly when were the payments made; and (b) if the invoices were not paid by the due date, what was the reason for the delay.

 

 (3) Will the Government’s new policy of paying interest to small businesses on government invoices which are not paid within the payment terms apply in this case.