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Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements during Australia’s host year.

Media Release
3 Oct 2014 - 10:15am
This weekend I leave for the US, where I will host the fourth and last meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors under Australia’s Presidency. Our G20 host year has been a productive one and there is still much work to do. At our meeting in Cairns, we showed that we are 90 per cent of the way towards achieving our ambitious goal from Sydney to lift global growth by an additional 2 per cent by 2018. Our work continues to boost demand and growth in the world economy.
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1 Oct 2014 - 4:00pm
Identifying additional ways to drive economic growth was high on the agenda when G20 Sherpas met this week for the last time ahead of the Brisbane Leaders’ Summit next month. With just seven weeks until the Summit, Sherpas - the personal representatives of the G20 Leaders - spent the Canberra meeting pursuing consensus on the actions to be presented to G20 Leaders for decision in November. A particular focus was the strengthening of the individual growth strategies G20 members will implement to boost economic growth.
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24 Sep 2014 - 9:30am
On 2 and 3 September, the G20 Framework Working Group (FWG) held its fourth meeting in Pilanesberg, South Africa. The meeting was attended by officials of the G20 Finance Ministries and Central Banks, and experts from international organisations.
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23 Sep 2014 - 7:45pm
This November, Brisbane will host the G20 Leaders' Summit - learn more about preparations for the meeting.
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21 Sep 2014 - 5:30pm
The main outcome from this meeting was the excellent progress we are making towards meeting our ambitious target from Sydney to lift global economic growth by 2% over the next five years. We have come a long way in a short period of time. The IMF and OECD have looked at over 900 measures put forward by countries, of which 700 are new measures. And they estimate our efforts could lift global GDP by 1.8% through to 2018. Countries will be working right up to the Brisbane summit and beyond to bring forward additional measures, including policies to boost employment, boost trade, and improve investment conditions.
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21 Sep 2014 - 5:15pm
OK, good afternoon, everybody. Thank you for coming to this press conference, the conclusion of the G20 Ministerial with the vice president of the European Commission responsible for economic and monetary affairs and the Euro, Jyrki Katainen, and Mr Benoit Coeure who is a member of the executive board of the European Central Bank. I will hand over first to Mr Katainen for introductory remarks.
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21 Sep 2014 - 5:00pm
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund: Thank you very much. Good afternoon to all of you. Thank you for waiting. First of all, let me express my huge gratitude on the half of the IMF team that was visiting Cairns over the last few days, to the people of Cairns and to all the members of staff who, under the leadership of Treasurer Joe Hockey, have turned that meeting into a very productive event but also a very, very pleasant and warm event, warm with the hospitality and the legendary generosity of the Australian people, including the Aborigines that we had the pleasure of meeting yesterday.
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21 Sep 2014 - 4:15pm
Good afternoon, and welcome. Thank you for joining us. Let me begin by thanking Treasurer Hockey and the Australia team for their tremendous hospitality, and for wonderful arrangements for this weekend's meetings. As we meet this weekend, the US economy continues to be a source of strength in the global economy.
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21 Sep 2014 - 3:15pm
Joe Hockey, Treasurer of Australia: Welcome, everyone. I will make an opening statement, which is rather lengthy but bear with me. We are distributing the communiqués as I speak. Then we’ll go to questions. So today we have concluded the Cairns meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors. This is our third meeting this year. Let me say it was marked by a strong spirit of cooperation, helped no doubt by the wonderful hospitality provided by the people of Cairns.
Media Release
21 Sep 2014 - 12:45pm
G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Cairns today have delivered strategies that will achieve 1.8 per cent of additional growth across the global economy. Ministers further agreed that we can and will do more.

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