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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