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Illusive brumbies scamper away near the Blue Waterholes last month in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales.

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From Instagram: Storms on the Darling Downs

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From Instagram: Cattle on the Darling Downs

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On Asian Correspondent: G20 Summit comes to a close in Brisbane, but what was really achieved?

This is my last article for Asian Correspondent on the G20 published yesterday:

Today Brisbane is coming to terms with the G20 blues. And that’s because it’s all over. The streets are almost back to normal, the barricades have come down and most of the leaders have left along with the glimpse of world power and stardom they afforded this city over the last few days.

Anyone observing the watching crowds waiting and cheering for leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama or Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi could be forgiven for thinking rockstars had been in the city, rather than politicians who are notoriously unpopular in Australia.

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The G20 has been heralded a “once in a generation” experience for Brisbane and indeed waiting on the streets of Brisbane over the weekend and seeing the world’s top 20 leaders pass by was nothing short of surreal. And yes perhaps it will set a benchmark for how to run a safe and secure international meeting, but what was really achieved in all this? Does the G20 really have a role to play in global economics and decision making or is it just a chance to spend a lot of taxpayer money and wave at motorcades?

This brief glance through some of the Asia-Pacific nations pertinent to Asian Correspondent looks at their agenda coming into the G20 Leaders Summit and what they came away with.

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Brisbane’s “grassroots G20” is all about Asia, but what about the Americans?

Last week I attended the Global Cafe in Brisbane (November 12-13). This event was held in conjunction with the G20 and designed to bring some of the world’s best minds together to discuss issues as varied as the digital age, tourism’s new frontiers, cities of the future, powering future economies and improving human life.

I didn’t get a chance to really blog about the Cafe in detail given my other commitments for the G20 and the weekend, but it does deserve air time, particularly given how much it was focused on Asia and the fascinating insights the speakers gave.

I have called the Global Cafe the “grassroots G20” because not only was it open to the paying public, unlike the G20 down the street, but it somehow seemed far more relevant to the everyday Australian than big issues of trade, climate change and inequality as will be discussed by the men and women in suits on November 15-16.

Obviously these matters are important and the presence of the Obamas, Putins and Camerons of the summit, but as forty percent of Australia’s GDP is generated from small and medium businesses who are increasingly turning to Asia, it seems far more important to listen to industry insiders on how to do business in this region. It’s also incredibly doubtful Obama or Cameron could offer any insights on these issues and get Chinese President Xi Jinping aside and he may only be able to give you a party line.

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A Q&A session at Brisbane’s Global Cafe. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

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