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Legislative Assembly 26 October 2021

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (14:44): (6094) My question is for the Minister for Industry Support and Recovery.

Minister, the government has repeatedly trumpeted the financial support it is offering to businesses and particularly to small business.

Despite those claims, rarely a day passes when I do not receive communication from multiple businesses that their applications have been rejected for no obvious reason, or that they have been accepted and then apparently disappeared down a black hole.

The mental health impact right across the community, as we know, has been huge, but the government is simply adding to the anguish of small business owners by leaving them waiting for weeks and months to have their applications for financial support processed.

Minister, as of today’s date how many applications under the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund initiative are yet to be finalised?