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Focus April – Cameras for Asia at the Brisbane Camera Group

Cameras for Asia is one of the focus presentations at the Brisbane Camera Group on April 13. Apparently up to 80 people come to these nights and it should be a great opportunity to spread word of the program and hopefully garner some more equipment donations.

For budding photography enthusiasts in Brisbane it looks like a fun group to join. Membership fees are detailed on their website. Meeting details follow.


Meeting Times

Regular BCG Meetings are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday of each month

Meetings start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm

Meeting Location

Albion Peace Centre, 102 McDonald Rd, Albion


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The View from Here: The Photographic world of Alfred Elliott 1890-1940

If you looked at images of Brisbane from over a hundred years ago do you think you would recognise your city? I admit I was thrown a bit at first by the photographic collection of Alfred Elliott currently showing at the Museum of Brisbane with images of Brisbane from 1890-1940.

All that grainy black and white of a city in its infancy, of trams, men in hats smoking pipes, women in lacy frocks and Aboriginal people fishing in the river felt vaguely like looking at a movie set but also oddly appealing at the same time. There wasn’t all today’s development — no bridges, no TV towers and no skyscrapers — and it was fun recognising the bends in the river, the heights of Mt Coot-tha, the cliffs of Kangaroo Points, and the long Milton Reach past a grassy area that is today my suburb of Auchenflower.

It felt and looked a bit like Brisbane but not one I was familiar with. And it was fascinating.

If you have ever wondered what history lurks in the bends of the river, under the pavements of city hall, or on the slopes of Mt Coot-tha get along to the Museum of Brisbane at City Hall. The exhibition is titled “The view from here” and open from February  13 – August 30 (daily 10am-5pm). Admission is free.


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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.


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.

Continue reading at Asian Correspondent.


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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.

Global Cafe.

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

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Covering the G20 in Brisbane

Part of my welcome back to Brisbane was attending G20 events over the last few weeks with the Colour Me Brisbane G20 Cultural Celebrations, the Global Cafe and the G20 Leader’s Summit itself. The arrival of the world’s top 20 leaders to the river city for trade meetings was not only an incredible logistical challenge for Brisbane that has never hosted an event like this before, but there were also threats of terrorism, protests and violence and traffic chaos. While a lot of Brisbane residents left the city, given we were given a public holiday on Friday November 13, I decided to embrace the events and get involved.

However here are two snippets to the articles published on Asian Correspondent so far (one more is to come today). Click the links to read the whole piece.

“The G20 in Brisbane: Be alert or very alarmed?” (published November 13, 2014)

Momentum in Brisbane, Australia is building towards the G20 this weekend when dignitaries from the world’s most powerful economies such as Russia, China, the United States and the United Kingdom will descend on the river city for trade meetings on November 15-16.

The leadup to this event has been a very pervasive force in this city of 2.1 million with conversations in the media, businesses and among friends touching on little else for weeks. And this week it has hit overdrive.

Brisbane. Pic: Joanne Lane,

It feels very much like Brisbane, like the river on which it lies, is rushing towards something, the only problem is no one seems too sure what that might be, or what it might look like. Will it be terrorist threats, violence, vandalised property, security breaches or other failures, or like Expo 88, the last major international event held here in decades, will the G20 give Brisbane credibility as a global city?

Continue reading at Asian Correspondent.

“Behind the scenes: The G20 in pictures”

The G20 hit Brisbane this weekend in a flash of motorcades, world leaders, enormous numbers of police, barricades, snipers on rooftops and various protesters. However despite fears of violence, traffic jams and general chaos the hardest thing for those that stayed in the city (most left when awarded a public holiday on Friday November 14), has been dealing with searing unseasonal temperatures.

Given the unknown quantity of what the G20 might mean, as detailed in this blog on Thursday, these pictures paint some of the story of how it has unfolded for the general public. So far it seems to have been mostly a delightful experience for those who stayed in Brisbane, with many surprised by some of the famous faces they’ve seen. Here’s a look at some of those experiences.


 Continue reading at Asian Correspondent.

Image above: Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a cheery wave and smile from his motorcade when leaving Parliament House on Saturday, November 15. Pic: Joanne Lane,


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