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Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is backing away from a draft coalition discussion paper proposing incentives and beneficial tax rates to encourage people to move to northern Australia.

However, the plan – described as “wacky” by Labor – has received support from several premiers and Nationals members as well as maverick Queensland MP Bob Katter.

The document, Developing Northern Australia – a 2030 vision, says there’s “tremendous potential” in northern Queensland, the NT and Western Australia and incentives should be provided to develop urban zones around Darwin, Cairns-Townsville and Karratha.

Large numbers of public servants should be shifted from metropolitan areas to northern Australia, it says.

Mr Abbott said there was “absolutely no way” people would pay different taxes depending on where they lived under a coalition government.

“It’s not even a finalised discussion paper, it’s certainly not policy,” Mr Abbott said.

But he said there was “nothing…

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About Kenneth Robson

I studied at Adelaide Boys' High School, and the University of Adelaide, Medical School. graduating in 1961. My field of specialisation was Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Prior to establishing my practice in Adelaide, I spent 5 years working in India, and Papua-New Guinea, in the field of reconstructive surgery for leprosy. In retirement I joined the Australian Technical Analyst Association and passed the two examinations for a Diploma inTechnical Analysis, and the designation Certified Financial Technician (CFTe) by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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