Originally published in The Canberra Times on August 17, 2013

If tax is the price we pay to live in a civilised society it seems that neither of the major parties have high hopes for the communities they say they want to build in northern Australia.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is suggesting that companies based in the Northern Territory should face a reduced company tax rate of 20 per cent, compared to the 30 per cent payable across the rest of the country.

To add insult into injury, he’s also suggesting that the rest of Australia should invest heavily in new infrastructure to be used by the companies enjoying the lower tax rate.

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