It would never have worked, for only one reason: immigration policy.I like the idea, but IMHO I still don't understand why our government didn't see the opportunity to invest in Darwin as the epicentre of the APAC region.
We missed the boat - it is well situated geographically with diverse resources and could have been an Australian "Singapore" innovation hub. If we'd invested in building it into a world class city and provided incentives for globals to setup their regional headquarters there we could have been leaders in the region.
Now we will forever be remote (with our innovation located mostly in eastern states) and too expensive to do anything.
It’s still better to run on brown coal:BS when it goes to Federal gov, they will gives subsidies to cars running on brown coal.