The Weatherill Labor Government continues to fail to pay its bills to South Australian businesses on time.
From June 2015 to May 2016, the total value of bills paid late by the Weatherill Labor Government was over half a billion dollars.
The total amount of bills that were paid more than one month late was $98 million, with the worst offenders being:
- Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure – $25 million;
- SA Health CALHN – $20 million;
- Department for Communities and Social Inclusion - $13 million; and,
- SA Health (Department for Health and Ageing) - $11 million.
Before the 2014 State Election the State Liberals promised that, if elected, automatic penalties would be made payable to businesses for any contract worth up to $1 million.
The Weatherill Labor Government copied the State Liberals policy, but then reneged on its commitment to automatically pay interest to small businesses on outstanding debts.
Government documents show that zero interest has been paid to businesses for late payments for this 2015/16 period.
“Every business has to pay its bills on time and are penalised when they fail to do so – the Government should not be different,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“Premier Weatherill must also explain why it appears that his Government has failed to pay interest to South Australian businesses for their late bill payments.
“Late payments can have a disastrous effect on small businesses, many of whom are already doing it tough in South Australia.”
*Major State Government agencies including Adelaide Convention Centre, Renewal SA and SA Water have not reported for 2015-16.