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July 13, 2012

Brisbane wins G20

Brisbane (pictured), in Queensland, has been chosen as the host city for the G20 summit of world leaders in 2014. Australian Prime Minster Julia Gillard described the city’s bid as a “stand out”, adding that it “gives a great opportunity to say to the world that we are a nation of many world-class cities; Brisbane is one of them."

The decision has come under fire from New South Wales Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard, who said that Sydney has “everything that should have been available to sell Australia to the world”.

"She's chosen Brisbane simply to use the leaders of the world as political pawns in her game to try and win back the votes across Queensland," Hazzard said.




Gillard said she understood the disappointment but “could only make this happen for one city”, citing the closure of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre during the time period and concerns about the restrictions at Sydney Airport as deciding factors.

She went on to describe the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre as being “in fantastic nick”, and Brisbane airport, with the new Airport Link tunnel, in a position to deal with the pressure of so many delegates arriving and departing in a short period of time.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman also defended the choice, saying that “Queensland won fair and square due to our world-class facilities including the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, transport options, airport and accommodation".

About 7,000 people and numerous world leaders, including the President of the United States and the British Prime Minister, are expected to attend the summit.

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