The NT News was more interested in ancient witchcraft laws than Kevin Rudd’s plan to develop northern Australia …

And down south it all sounded like a plan to steal the jobs of hard-working Victorians …

So why the cockamamie thought balloon? Preference deals, of course. As Bernard Keane writes today:

“… if Rudd’s Northern Australia nonsense is any way appealing to the electorate, we may as well give up and all go home.”

If only.

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