In praise of Abbott's great leap northward

The Coalition's plan to transform Australia by rapidly developing the sparsely populated north shows up Labor on several important issues.

Tony Abbott is often berated for lazing in a policy-free zone, happy to score easy political points over the carbon and mining taxes. As Michael Gawenda pointed out yesterday he is hamstrung on fiscal policy, afraid to act on industrial relations, and actually not too different to Labor on 'stopping the boats', education reform and the NDIS (Why Gillard's contest will be surreal, February 6).

So how about a different policy Tony?

Well today we've got one, courtesy of a sensational leak to Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper of Abbott's vision for a transformation of Northern Australia.

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