PM using G20 leaders as pawns: Hazzard
Wed July 11, 2012 9:36am
Sydney was the obvious choice to host the G20 summit, but Prime Minister Julia Gillard picked Brisbane to try and claw back votes across Queensland, the NSW government says.
NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard on Wednesday slammed the federal government's decision to hold the 2014 G20 summit in Brisbane.
He said Ms Gillard had made a political move to reclaim support for her party.
"She's chosen Brisbane simply to use the leaders of the world as political pawns in her game to try and win back the votes across Queensland," Mr Hazzard told AAP.
"It's insulting to the 20 leaders."
Mr Hazzard said Sydney was Australia's only true world city and its cultural and commercial prominence made it the clear choice to host the economic forum.
"Sydney has roughly one third of Australia's GDP, it has more than 80 per cent of the headquarters of major financial institutions," he said.
"We have the harbour, we have the Opera House.
"We have everything that should have been available to sell Australia to the world."
Mr Hazzard said Ms Gillard should have decided the location on the merits of the hosting city.
"On any criteria, the merit would have meant Sydney should have been the city where the G20 will occur," he said.