Minister for Small Business Tom Koutsantonis’s admission that he has misled State Parliament regarding the performance of the Office of the Small Business Commissioner has raised another question about the possibility of further incorrect Government decisions based on the false information.
During question time in State Parliament Minister Koutsantonis refused to rule out making mistakes based on the false information received from the Office of the Small Business Commissioner.
The 2012-13 Annual Report for the Office of the Small Business Commissioner claims to have received 4,872 enquiries and successfully resolved 88 per cent of cases.
However, the independent report found that in 2012-13 the Office of the Small Business Commissioner only received 941 enquiries and resolved 22 per cent of cases.
“Annual reports for the Office Small Business Commissioner contain valuable information that assist them make decisions regarding this very important sector.
“The Minister for Small Business refused to respond to questions in Parliament as to whether any incorrect decisions were made.
“Treasurer Koutsantonis also needs to explain why he waited 6 weeks to inform the Parliament that he had provided misleading information regarding the performance of the Office.
After 6 weeks, Minister Koutsantonis could not specify in Parliament, what decisions were made based on false information.
“It is extraordinary that a Government office can be so incompetent on the most important sector to the economy.
“The Minister must explain how the Labor Government got it so wrong and what Government decisions made based on this information were being reviewed.
“There are over 140,000 small businesses in South Australia and they deserve better.”