Mr Abbott met mining magnate Dale Elphinstone at his Haulmax facility at Wynyard during his first visit to Tasmania as Prime Minister.
Mr Elphinstone was elected chairman of the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Economic Council to try to drive Tasmania's economy.
``One of the trucks I was looking at today will end up in Northern Canada . . . it just goes to show what Australian manufacturing can do, still is and can be under the right policies,'' Mr Abbott said.
``It is very important that as well as try and boost the economy, we do everything we can to take Tasmania from the back of the pack economically, to a leader here with in Australia.''
Mr Abbott said the Commonwealth was determined to realise the economic potential in Tasmania.
```Tasmania needs to be more than just a national park, more than a beautiful place to visit, Tasmania has to be a terrific place to invest and do business,'' Mr Abbott said.
Later, Mr Abbott met Premier Lara Giddings in Hobart, who urged the Coalition to deliver on a $100 million jobs and growth package promised before the election.
``There are over 2000 jobs riding on this package and Tasmania cannot afford for it to be delayed,'' Ms Giddings said.
Ms Giddings said the meeting was constructive.
``While we come from opposite sides of the political divide, state and federal governments have to be able to work together towards common goals and that's exactly what we will do.''