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Building a Strong, Prosperous Northern Australia June 21, 2013

A Coalition government will put in place the policies and plans to develop Northern Australia’s potential with more investment, infrastructure, jobs and services.

No longer will Northern Australia be seen as the last frontier: it is, in fact, the next frontier.

If elected, a Coalition government will produce a White Paper on the development of Northern Australia within 12 months of the

election.

The White Paper will set out a clear, well-defined and timely policy platform for promoting the development of Northern Australia.

As The Coalition’s 2030 Vision for Developing Northern Australia released today highlights, Northern Australia could drive economic growth in coming decades by:

· developing a food bowl, including premium produce, which could help to double Australia’s agricultural output;

· growing the tourist economy in Northern Australia to 2 million international tourists annually; and · building an energy export industry worth $150 billion to the economy, with a major focus on clean and efficient energy,

providing major increases to resource exports.

We want to capitalise on Northern Australia’s existing strengths and natural advantages in agriculture, cattle, and energy as well as to seize opportunities in tourism, education and health services.

With Asia’s real GDP expected to grow from US$27 trillion to US$67 trillion by 2030 and Northern Australia’s proximity to the

tropical region, Northern Australia is well placed to capitalise on the significant economic, strategic and environmental macro-trends that will shape both the Asian and tropical regions.

We are determined to break the ongoing development deadlock that has held Northern Australia back for so long. For too long,

families have been reluctant to move to Northern Australia because of the absence of adequate infrastructure; and governments and the private sector have been reluctant to invest in major projects because of insufficient population.

The White Paper on developing Northern Australia will consider policy options including:

· Establishing a high-level Northern Australia Strategic Partnership comprising the Prime Minister, the Premiers of

Queensland and Western Australia and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.

· Working with Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory to complete an audit and to act on unnecessary bureaucracy, green and red tape.

· Looking to build on existing key urban zones - such as Darwin, Cairns, Townsville and Karratha - with the aim of

substantially increasing the population in these areas. To this end, the efficacy and targeting of current relocation incentives and personal and business tax incentives could be reviewed.

· Tasking Infrastructure Australia to conduct a comprehensive audit of Northern Australia’s infrastructure and to devise a 15 year rolling priority list of projects of various scales, guided by cost-benefit studies.

· Accelerating the upgrade of Queensland’s major transport artery into the north, the Bruce Highway, in conjunction with the

Queensland Government.

· Establishing a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) responsible for Developing Northern Australia.

· Investigating the establishment of a Water Project Development Fund to support the advancement of meritorious proposals for water infrastructure across Northern Australia, including dams and groundwater projects.

Tony Abbott Federal Member for Warringah | Leader of the Opposition

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· Relocating relevant components of Federal departments and Commonwealth agencies, such as CSIRO and AQIS, to key urban zones in Northern Australia.

In addition to the policy issues raised in The Coalition’s 2030 Vision for Developing Northern Australia, the Coalition in its Real

Solutions Plan has detailed how the entire economy will be strengthened by measures such as abolishing the carbon tax; scrapping the mining tax; cutting business costs by $1 billion a year through cutting red tape and green tape; implementing a one-stop-shop for environmental approvals; boosting productivity by restoring the Australian Building and Construction Commission; conducting a ‘root and branch’ review of competition laws; establishing a new two-way ‘Colombo Plan’, and provide stability and

certainty to our live exports trade.

The release of a White Paper on the development of Northern Australia is part of the Coalition’s plan to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

21 June 2013

Download a copy of the Coalition's 2030 Vision for Developing Northern Australia here.

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