Australia could be split into different tax zones under a new
plan by Tony Abbott to develop economies in northern areas of
An Abbott government would use tax incentives to lure private
sector workers to cities such as Darwin, Cairns and Karratha,
while also forcibly relocating tens of thousands of public
sector jobs from areas like western Sydney.
In a leaked document, called Vision 2030 and obtained by the
Daily Telegraph, plans to split the country into two
different personal tax zones at the Tropic of Capricorn were
The draft policy has reportedly already been sent to state
and territory premiers.
Abbott hopes tax incentives and relocation of government
employees will increase populations in the Top End and create
a new food bowl.
The policy also includes plans to relocate some federal
departments and defence facilities to the north, News Limited
The document has also revealed an Abbott government would
slash $800 million from the foreign aid budget to build a
tropical health medical centre in far-north Queensland.