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The Northern Territory news Fri 23 Oct 2015



The Northern Territory news Fri 23 Oct 2015

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06 NEWS FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Arthur Merton, 5, thought the idea of a mouse as a good mate was a lot of fun Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD ARTHUR Wesley Merton, 5, wants nothing more than a pet brother. Arthur wants to relive his favourite film Stuart Little and have a mouse for a brother. Arthur was very taken with the pet mouse he was allowed to hold this week and was certain he wanted to take it home with him. I really want a pet brother, he said. I would make him his own little house. Arthur said if he were allowed a pet brother he would take him on wild adventures, from a boat race to building an igloo. This mouse, however, doesnt know what it is missing with the real Stuart Little able to walk on two legs, skateboard and talk. You can grab your copy of Stuart Little at any participating newsagency, Coles or Woolworths for just $2.50 and the coupon in tomorrows NT News. Hey Bro, lets scamper off THE buried stairway to nowhere at the Palmerston Hospital site continued to draw national attention yesterday, as the federal Labor Party formally requested the Auditor General investigate the Giles Governments handling of the long-delayed project. It was revealed earlier this Hospital audit requested week that the first concrete pour had been covered in dirt. The letter, obtained by the NT News, calls on Auditor General for Australia Grant Hehir to pay particular attention to milestone dates for payments and exactly what evidence has been used to prove progress has been made on the project. Senator Nova Peris said the situation was becoming absurd. Its been revealed that the CLPs media event on Friday was nothing more than a publicity stunt, designed to secure federal funding and to appear as if the hospital was being built, she said yesterday. The lack of real information coming from the CLP is laughable. Solomon MP Natasha Griggs said she would be watching for progress on the hospital site with Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley, who said on Wednesday any delays would be at the expense of the Territory Government. Ms Griggs reiterated the Federal Governments commitment to the hospital and said she also wants to be reassured everything is on track. But Ms Griggs said Ms Peris was being hysterical over accusations milestone payments may have been paid in error. The most recent payment was earlier this month for $35 million. She has made outrageous claims of fraud by the Commonwealth, which is another lie, Ms Griggs said. According to mutually agreed upon milestones, in order to get federal funds the CLP Government had to show early designs, a project schedule, proof of contractor and photographic evidence indicating commencement of work on site clearing and remediation. The site had not been fully cleared or fenced-off before the concrete pour. ALP health spokeswoman Catherine King asked the Auditor General to look into the evidence provided. Health Minister John Elferink has said the hole was filled in by contractor Lendlease over safety concerns and that it will be dug up and used later. The Commonwealth has pledged $110 million of the $150 million expected cost. Labor calls for investigation into stairway to nowhere Christopher Walsh christopher.walsh@news.com.au $4.70*Paper + DVD 8 TOMORROW ONLY JUST $2.50* EACH | COLLECT ALL 14 ntnews.com.au/familymovies *DVDs 2-14 are available for $2.50 each when you buy the NT News or Sunday Territorian. Total collection $52.70. Available at participating outlets while stocks last. One DVD per original token from hardcopy (not digital) newspaper only. Stuart Little 1999 Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Co. Medien KG and SPE German Finance Co. Inc. All Rights Reserved. Layout & Design2015 Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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