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15 Nov 2014 - 10:00pm
The best of Queensland produce was paired with dialogue on global trade as Prime Minister Tony Abbott hosted a working dinner for G20 leaders at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) on Saturday.
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15 Nov 2014 - 5:30pm
We are deeply concerned about the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and saddened by the suffering and loss of life it is inflicting. We are mindful of the serious humanitarian, social and economic impacts on those countries, and of the potential for these impacts to spread.
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15 Nov 2014 - 7:45pm
After that splendid welcome, it’s now down to work and this is the world’s work that we are engaged on today and tomorrow. As you look around the world there are many difficulties and problems. There are problems in the Middle East, there are problems in Eastern Europe, there are terrible problems in West Africa. Our growth has been fragile, but the message that should come from us over these next two days is a message of hope and optimism.
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15 Nov 2014 - 7:30pm
Spouses have joined G20 leaders and other dignitaries for an official welcome reception at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) hosted by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove, along with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Mrs Margie Abbott.
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15 Nov 2014 - 6:30pm
Good afternoon. This is the L20, the representatives of the trade union movement, both in Australia and globally. We've been at every G20 since Washington. And, of course, we have worked to build an effective social dialogue with both the leaders of nations and indeed the employers in an effort to ensure that we have a global economy that is, in fact, rebuilt, that does look towards quality jobs, that is able to provide a fair base of wages, and, indeed, that can deal with the big issues of the world, like climate and so on. My name is Sharan Burrow. I'm the General Secretary of the International Confederation. And I'm going to hand, first of all, to John Evans to give you an assessment of what it is that we support in the current communique and what we're still lobbying leaders about.
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15 Nov 2014 - 5:15pm
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released a special G20 edition of their magazine, OECD Observer.
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15 Nov 2014 - 4:00pm
Ladies and gentlemen of the media, good morning, everyone. It is a great pleasure to see you. I am also pleased to start my programs by meeting you first. Thank you for this opportunity. I would like to thank the Government and people of Australia for hosting this gathering of global leaders. At this critical moment in international affairs, with the hosting of the G20 Summit and at the same time presiding over the United Nations Security Council, Australia is in a pivotal global leadership role at a time when the world faces serious security development and environmental challenges. Pressures on people and the planet are building. The G20 countries possess not only the political power to set us on a better course but the political responsibility to do so. I would like to highlight the need for action in three critical areas.
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15 Nov 2014 - 3:30pm
G20 leaders have been formally and ceremonially welcomed to Brisbane and Australia by Traditional Owners, through performances of song and dance at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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15 Nov 2014 - 3:15pm
Thank you, everyone. It’s a real honour to have so many of you here in the beautiful city of Brisbane for this first ever G20 leader’s retreat. I’m very conscious of the fact that the people around this room are some of the most influential and powerful people in this world - indeed the most powerful and influential people in this world. The people around this room today are responsible for 85 per cent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product, 75 per cent of the world’s trade, 65 per cent of the world’s population. Nowhere on earth will there be a more influential gathering than this, and yet, as we all know, our power and our authority is circumscribed.
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15 Nov 2014 - 2:30pm
Brisbane chef Ben O’Donoghue, from Billy Cart Kitchen in Annerley, introduced world leaders to the tradition of an Australian barbecue at the conclusion of a retreat at the Queensland Parliament House.

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