Tuesday, August 20, 2013

More Northern (Wet) Dreams!

Kevin Rudd has joined the Coalition in the northern 'vision thing' with a proposal to turn the NT into a special economic zone: Rudd’s bait for the north – a big cut in company tax

The proposed zone would be confined to the NT for constitutional reasons. WA Premier Colin Barnett has expressed concerns as has the Townsville Mayor: NQ worried about NT plan. There is further opinion on the concept linked there from Gene Tunny but an award for cynicism definitely goes to top ender Ken Parish at Club Troppo: Bogan sheilas and stupid men with beer guts.

Ken relates a previous failed attempt at a trade development zone within the Territory and concludes:
That is not to say that the Territory lacks any opportunities for industrial development at all, but they are niche opportunities that can only generate relatively gradual incremental growth. That is, unless Rudd or Abbott is willing to ignore inevitable mass outrage and do a deal with the Americans to position very large US defence bases here. That would certainly kickstart rapid major growth. Apart from anything else, we could use it as a platform to nurture a brothel-led recovery, which could in turn lead to wider synergies. We could encourage the development of a porno movie industry in Darwin. Of course, the acting talent might be a bit thin on the ground, but we could always target the niche market of people who are kinky about hot sex between Bogan sheilas and stupid men with beer guts.
There could be similar brothel-led growth opportunities for Cairns with the proposal for a large Macau-style casino development at Yorkeys Knob even without such tax concessions: Police Bust More Than 100 Hookers At Las Vegas Sands' Venetian Macau

Previous posts: Insurance: missing word in Coalition policy? ; Ministry for Northern Development

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