Months after the announcement that Australia would host the summit of world leaders, plans for Australia’s hosting are proceeding with no explicit role for the national capital coming into consideration from the Labor Government.
Canberra looks to again miss out on an opportunity to prove its title as Australia’s capital city.
“This is an opportunity that this city deserves, and I’m confident that Canberra is the best placed Australian city to host the summit,” Senator Humphries said today.
“It wasn’t so long ago that the then Labor Opposition condemned the Howard Government as ‘not having done enough to ensure Canberra would host CHOGM’, but now the chance has arisen for a Labor Government to put its money where its mouth is, and showcase Canberra for the G20.
“If Canberra was capable of hosting a meeting of 50-odd heads of government in 2000, it should certainly be able to host a meeting of 20 leaders in 2014.
With the global economy having gone through such dramatic changes recently, the world’s eyes will be on future G20 summits.
“This is Canberra’s chance to shine.
What’s wrong with this picture?
Well does Canberra have 20 hotels capable of hosting a world leader and their entourage? More like 5. If the bottom five countries of the G20 want to have a get together we’re sorted.
Does Canberra want to be dealing with 20 motorcades?
Comparing the G20 to CHOGM is like comparing the Olympics to a Scout Jamboree.
I don’t know what Senator Humphries is taking this morning but it would be nice if he got into the Christmas spirit and shared it.
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