IT MAY be some time before Tasmanian businesses promised more than $100 million in funding will find out when they can expect to receive the money.
The federal Liberal government has reaffirmed its commitment to providing the money, originally promised by former prime minister Kevin Rudd in the lead-up to the federal election.
Yesterday, new Lyons Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson was unable to say when the money would start to flow and said there were "question marks" about the 36 approved projects around the state.
Speaking on ABC radio, Mr Hutchinson also revealed he had not contacted Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss about it.
Tasmanian Economic Development Minister David O'Byrne seized on his comments, which he said were bad news for businesses wanting to invest in the state.
"When Eric Hutchinson hasn't even bothered to make contact with his own political leaders almost 50 days in, what chance do the many, many Tasmanian businesses have?" Mr O'Byrne said.
Earlier this week, Mr Truss said his department was in discussions with the Tasmanian government to "settle on the most effective manner to progress grant approvals".
However, Mr O'Byrne said the federal government had provided no details and had failed to meet project proponents.
"What have they got to hide?" he said.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz jumped to the defence of Mr Hutchison and assured recipients the money would flow once a proper process was agreed to with the state.
"Mr O'Byrne well knows that the new federal government has had to pick up a complete mess, with little available details other than a press release, and no work done by the previous Labor government to progress the funding after the grants were hastily announced by the former Labor prime minister," Senator Abetz said.