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November 17, 2014

Australia: Brisbane Legacy Secure as G20 Rolls Out of Town

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Brisbane is returning to normal as the barriers come down following the last of the leaders leaving town after the two day G20 Leaders Summit successfully wrapped up yesterday (Sunday, November 16).

Held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), what is the largest international political event Australia has ever staged went off without a hitch, with the Centre welcoming world leaders, 4000 delegates as well as 3000 media from across the globe.

Highlights of the two-day Summit included a keynote address by US President Barack Obama at the University of Queensland, where he gave both Queensland and its capital “Brissy” the sort of marketing boost that money can’t buy, even making the well-worn Queensland Tourism catch phrase “beautiful one day, perfect the next” seem fresh.

On Sunday afternoon the G20 leaders released the final communiqué known as the Brisbane Action Plan, which contains a range of measures to boost global growth, shore up financial institutions and improve economic resilience.

With the full costs of the Summit to the taxpayer yet to be finalised, the legacy and economic benefits will undoubtedly be felt for many years to come.

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