2014 G-20 Brisbane summit
|2014 G-20 Australia summit|
|Date||15-16 November 2014|
|Venue(s)||Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre|
|Follows||Russia summit, 2013|
|Precedes||Turkey summit, 2015|
|Website||G20 Australia 2014|
The 2014 G-20 Australia summit will be the ninth meeting of the G-20 heads of government. It will be held in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia, on 15 and 16 November 2014. The hosting venue will be the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
On 1 December 2013 Brisbane became the official host city for the G20. The City of Brisbane will have a public holiday on 14 November 2014. Up to 4,000 delegates are expected to attend with around 2,500 media representatives. Leaders from Mauritania, Myanmar, New Zealand, Senegal, Singapore, and Spain are invited to this summit.
Climate change has been removed as a subject for discussion at the summit; Tony Abbott stated he did not want the agenda "cluttered" by subjects that would distract from economic growth. Officials from the European Union and United States of America are reported to be unhappy with this decision.
Australian media says that Australia will have a significant effect on the agenda. Mike Callaghan, the director of the G20 Studies Centre at the Lowy Institute for International Policy has stated that if the G20 meeting is to attain significant outcomes it should focus on boosting infrastructure spending, multilateral trading systems and combating both tax avoidance and profit shifting.
The Prime Minister of Australia at the time of the 2011 G-20 Cannes summit, Julia Gillard, was asked to have Australia host the 2014 summit. Brisbane was selected over Sydney because the city was better equipped to cater for a significant increase in plane arrivals and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre will be undertaking renovations at the time. The Parliament of Queensland passed the G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013 on 29 October 2013.
The event will involve a complex security operation. Event organisers will need to ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to protect visitors, while minimising disruptions to inner-city residents and businesses. Roads between the central business district and the Brisbane Airport will be temporarily closed. Around 1,500 security specialists including interstate and overseas personnel together with thousands of Queensland police will make patrols. All public transport services traveling close to event venues will be cancelled. One wing in a major Brisbane hospital has been reserved for the exclusive use of world leaders during the summit.
A secure, government wireless network is required for public safety communications during the summit. Telstra will establish the network in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Cairns before the event and later continue rolling it out across South East Queensland.
G20 finance ministers and central bank governors will meet several times in 2014. Sydney will host a meeting on 21-23 February  followed by a meeting in Cairns, Queensland in September 2014. Canberra will host a meeting for G20 finance and central bank deputies in 2014. The Youth 20 Summit is the official (G20) youth event being held in Sydney in July 2014.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
In the wake of the suspected shooting down of MH17 in eastern Ukraine, the Australian government is considering revoking Russian President Vladimir Putin's invitation to the summit should Russia attempt to interfere in an impartial international investigation into the disaster.
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