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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
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Mr Ciobo asked the Minister for Defence, 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 Fitzgibbon (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   Defence does not maintain separate accounts payable records of small and large business. The following answers have been calculated from total creditor records after removing payments to: known large businesses, foreign suppliers, other government agencies and employees.

(a) (i)   47,785 (7.4 per cent).

(ii)   14,539 (2.2 per cent).

(b)   18.9 days.