Queensland Premier Campbell Newman
Queensland To Host G20 Leaders’ Summit
Victor P Taffa
Premier Campbell Newman today welcomed the announcement that Queensland would host the G20 Leaders Summit in 2014.
Premier Newman said the G20 Leaders’ Summit would be held in Brisbane on November 15 and 16, 2014 and a G20 Finance Ministers’ meeting would be held in regional Queensland.
“Hosting the G20 Leaders’ Summit will provide worldwide exposure to Queensland and a significant boost to our economy with around 7,000 delegates and members of the media set to descend on our State.” Premier Newman said.
“The Summit will provide a direct investment in Queensland through the use of a number of hotels, local service providers and will create jobs in the lead up and planning of the Summit.”
Premier Newman said that while Queensland was ready and willing to work with the Australian Government to host an excellent Summit, these events involved considerable expense such as security and Policing.
“The former Labor Government left behind a $2.8 Billion deficit and debt fast approaching $100 Billion and therefore Queensland is not in a position to contribute a significant amount of funding toward the cost of hosting the G20 Leaders’ Summit.” Premier Newman said.
“I am pleased to announce that as this event is clearly a Commonwealth Government responsibility, agreement has been reached that the Commonwealth will pay the majority of costs, as it has with similar events in other states.”
Premier Newman said the Prime Minister had agreed to the Queensland Government’s request for funding, including additional Police costs directly associated with hosting the event.
“Importantly, the Australian Government has also given an undertaking that no Queensland community will be left with inadequate Police resources due to the Summit.” Premier Newman said.
The Federal Government has also agreed in good faith to provide funding to bring forward work to upgrade Queensland’s communications network from analogue to digital.
“This is a win for Queensland as it will improve our communications capabilities.” Premier Newman said.
Premier Newman said the Summit was clearly a logistical and organisational challenge but Queensland was well experienced in facilitating international meetings, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2002, the APEC Finance Ministers Meeting in 2007 and the Pacific Islands Forum in 2009.
The G20 is made up of the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of 19 countries and the European Union.