Newman wants to take Obama to Lady Elliot, Curtis Islands

WHERE would Campbell Newman take the world's most powerful people if given the chance?

The Queensland Premier told 4BC, given the chance, he'd take US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping to Gladstone to see their gas investment at work and Bundaberg's Lady Elliot Island to encourage tourism.

Mr Newman said G20 was more important to Queensland than hosting Expo or the Commonwealth Games had been.

He said planned on using the event to bush Brisbane, and regional Queensland, to the world.

"People talk about the Commonwealth Games as a landmark thing, they talk about Expo 88, sometimes they talk about the Goodwill Games," he said.

"Well G20 is the biggest thing that happened economically to our state and this city ever in my view. And it's probably the biggest thing that will happen in our lifetimes."

He said he hoped the American and Chinese leaders could see their investments in the Gladstone liquid natural gas port, and encourage them to go "swimming or snorkelling" on the Great Barrier Reef off Bundaberg.




Newman welcomes first of world leaders for G20 summit

PREMIER Campbell Newman welcomed South Africa's president Jacob Zuma to Queensland at 4.20am today and said the arrival highlighted how the G20 would have long lasting benefits to the state.

"Some of the world leaders attending here would not have visited Brisbane before and that makes this a unique opportunity for Queensland,'' Mr Newman said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The next few days will give us a chance to build on Queensland's global reputation as an exciting business destination and a hub for innovation and science.

"What that means is more jobs both now and for our children as we look to harness these opportunities."

Mr Newman said the South African President was the first of more than 20 leaders touching down in Brisbane.

"The world's leading economies are all represented at the G20 Summit and it is appropriate to hold the event here" he said.

"Queensland is Australia's engine room, with the economy growing quickly around our four pillars of tourism, agriculture, resources and construction.

"We have done a lot of work to create momentum in Queensland, but there is more to do and this summit will help build on our strong plan to secure our State's future.''

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