Article – Northern exposure is long overdue

by 20 July 2013

Tony Walker 13 July 2013 The Australian Financial Review

The Coalition’s Andrew Robb has a plan for Australia’s under-developed north. If Rudd wants to push his own message of making Australia more competitive, maybe he should take a look. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd went to the National Press Club this week for a soft launch of Labor’s rebranded (by Rudd) re-election campaign, whenever that poll might be held between now and November 30.

In that [...]

Joe Hockey – Address to the Queensland Media Club

by 14 July 2013

Thank you for the warm welcome.

I have a deep respect for the fourth estate and I appreciate being invited to address the Queensland Media Club.

In the last 24 hours I have learnt a new party trick from Kevin Rudd.

It’s fantastic.

Yesterday Mr Rudd gave a speech where he promised nothing more than a group hug with business and the ACTU and more meetings overseas.

He mentioned buzz words like ‘productivity’ and ‘competitiveness’ [...]

Article – Pulled every which way

by 8 July 2013

The Australian Financial Review 29 June 2013 Capital idea Brian Toohey

Ideas count a lot more in today’s multi-faceted Coalition parties than in Labor. Which is why Tony Abbott will be pulled a dozen different directions, even if he achieves a comfortable election victory. Although a clear win should help him put his own stamp on the party as a new Coalition prime minister, it will also encourage many parliamentary colleagues to push him to [...]

Article – Bright Sparkes: North will grow – without Abbott’s help

by 8 July 2013

Townsville Bulletin 28 June 2013 By David Sparkes

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott’s announcement last week about his vision to develop Northern Australia received virtually no scrutiny from the Federal Government, which was busy eating itself alive.

That is a pity, because a genuine interrogation of Mr Abbott’s policy would have shown it to be a bit of a joke.

Not that northern Australian lacks potential for further development.

Clearly, it has that potential.

The problem [...]

Article – Abbott’s Northern Australian idea: grand vision or folly?

by 8 July 2013

On Line Opinion By Murray Hunter Posted Friday, 28 June 2013

Today, Northern Australia is a vast relatively unpopulated region of undisturbed savanna, desert, mangrove coast lines, and tropical rain forest, spanning from Karratha in North-Western Australia, across the Northern Territory, and incorporating far North Queensland.

At a press conference last Friday 21st June in Townsville, North Queensland, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott released his 3rd major policy statement for the upcoming election in September [...]

Media Release – Coalition’s Northern Vision Welcomed

by 7 February 2013

The Coalition’s draft discussion paper on Developing Northern Australia, reported in today’s media, is a welcome recognition of the potential for Northern Australia to be the driving force of the Australian economy in coming decades, according to the Institute of Public Affairs.

“The resources boom has benefited all Australians including those in southern regions. Developing the North further will create wealth and provide jobs for all Australians, both in the North and in the South,” [...]

Speech – Townsville Launch “North Australia and then some” – John Roskam

by 18 December 2012

Good evening and what a pleasure it is to be introduced by Senator Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia and Secretary for the Defence Force and Defence Support.

I would also like to acknowledge the presence this evening of Mrs Rosemary Menkens MP, the Member for Burdekin, and Mr John Hathaway MP, the Member for Townsville.

It is an honour to be in Townsville to launch Northern Australia and then some by [...]

Abbott will put UAV drones in Northern Australia

by 25 September 2012

Earlier today, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott outlined a promising plan for a stronger military presence in northern Australia in a speech to the RSL national conference in Sydney. Mr Abbott stated that a coalition government would immediately begin the process of “acquiring state-of-the-art unmanned aircraft” as part of a move to increase spending on Australia’s Defence Force.

The Coalition plans to deploy what are commonly known as drones in Northern Australia.

It is refreshing [...]

Speech – National Party Federal Conference – by Mr Tad Watroba, Executive Director of Queensland Coal Investments

by 15 September 2012

Party President, Federal Leader of the Nationals and the next Deputy Prime Minister of Australia,  the Honourable Warren Truss, Nationals Senate Leader  Barnaby Joyce,  Premier of Queensland, Campbell Newman, Deputy Premier of New South Wales, Andrew Stoner;  distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you for your very warm welcome and thank you for the invitation to Mrs Rinehart to address you, but as you can see you have me instead, still battling with my Aussie [...]

This is big: Christian Porter supports Northern SEZ

by 14 September 2012

Christian Porter, former WA Treasurer and Attorney General, has come out in favor of a Special Economic Zone in North Australia.

Earlier this week, the federal Liberal candidate for Pearce highlighted that tax rebates had been successfully used in 1945 to grow the North West Western Australian resources sector.

Mr Porter’s speech was a strong endorsement of the comments made by ANDEV Chairman Mrs Gina Rinehart last week. Mrs Rinehart renewed calls for a [...]