Tony Abbott’s on-again, off-again liberalism is on display again today with the leaking of a draft plan to develop northern Australia. From the Daily Telegraph:
In an embarrassing high-level leak to The Daily Telegraph, the 30-page document outlines plans for the mass migration of public service workers to north of the Tropic of Capricorn to Karratha, about 1500km north of Perth, Darwin and Cairns.
Personal income tax incentives are also proposed to lure private sector workers north of the border, while major defence facilities would also be relocated.
The draft policy has been circulated among senior levels of the Coalition and was sent to state and territory premiers three weeks ago.
It qualifies the document by claiming it is not “definitive or comprehensive” but seeks input from the states.
The detailed but un-costed economic plan reveals the Opposition Leader’s plans to split the country in half, and create a new food bowl and energy industry economy above the 20 degree south parallel.
I’ll let readers decide what they think of this rather Chinese looking central-planning document (by which I mean no disrespect necessarily). It ain’t long and it’s below.