I exposed Labor’s hypocrisy for calling on business to pay their bills on time when they aren’t leading by example.
Many Queensland Government departments still have unacceptably high rates of late payments to their suppliers, many of whom are small business.
The Department of Education paid 17.2% of its bills late and for the Department of Agricultural it had 8.98% late payments in the last quarter alone which is simply unacceptable.
In the latest available information for the Department of Environment and Science, an incredible $13.5 million worth of late payments were made from January to March this year.
After 15 years of Labor’s mismanagement, the LNP introduced the Queensland Government Late Payment policy in 2013.
The policy aimed to get small businesses that do business with the government paid within 30 calendar days and started publishing those figures to make government accountable.
In May of this year, we released a new policy to improve that further as an LNP Government would back small businesses to help them grow, invest and succeed by committing to introduce faster payments.
The LNP has committed to paying small businesses for government contracts within 20 calendar days for contracts up to $1 million.
Instead, Labor is going backwards and treating small business as their bank, which is the wrong priority.