NT government paid $56m by Coalition ‘to dig a hole and fill it in’ at hospital site

  • Construction of Palmerston hospital, a project in the satellite city south of Darwin with $110m of federal funding, was supposed to have begun in 2014.
  • NT health minister John Elferink and federal MP Natasha Griggs were in attendance.
  • On Friday media were invited to attend the first pouring of concrete for a stairwell at the site to mark a construction milestone.
  • The stunt accusation is the latest in a series of controversies to have dogged the hospital.
  • A spokesman for Griggs said the senator was involved in securing federal funding, but did not wish to comment on how the site was managed.