WORLD leaders arriving for the G20 this week are receiving a Gold Coast welcome.
Federal Member for Fadden Hon Stuart Robert MP, has just welcomed South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Her plane touched down at a special G20 terminal at Brisbane Airport at 9:00am AEST. Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and his wife Lisa were also part of the welcoming party.
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Mr Robert, also the Assistant Minister for Defence, is standing in for Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who toured Sydney with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday morning.
Both have since flown to Canberra and have addressed Federal Parliament.
Back in Brisbane, Mr Robert greeted the first leader to touchdown in Queensland in the lead up to the G20, President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma early Wednesday morning ahead of official meetings.
Today we heard the sad news that a staff member had been found dead at the Pullman Hotel, in the CBD, where President Zuma is staying.
The death is not considered suspicious.
Last night the Member for Fadden welcomed His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to Queensland’s capital.
Crown Prince Salman is here in place of older brother King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who is worth an estimated 18-billion dollars. He and his delegation are staying at Sanctuary Cove Intercontinental Hotel and Resort.
Adding to the drama of the G20, Queensland Health said between 10 and 15 police officers working in Brisbane’s CBD, have been diagnosed with gastroenteritis.
The QPS will send a text message to the six-thousand officers helping out during the event.
Member for Southport Rob Molhoek said today “it’s exciting to be around, I’ve been up in Brisbane a few times this week with some of my planning work, I’m up there all day tomorrow with the Deputy Premier hosting some business roundtables and business delegations”.
He also turned down an offer to hear US President Barack Obama speak at the University of Queensland in the Brisbane suburb of St Lucia on Saturday.
Mr Molhoek admitted “there was that opportunity presented, unfortunately I’d already accepted an invitation to work with Trade Investment Queensland in hosting some of the business groups and I determined that it was probably more important that I focus on business attraction for Queensland than spending five or six hours getting in and out of the University of Queensland to hear Obama speak for 20 minutes”.
Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey and Member for Surfers John-Paul Langbroek also said no to hearing President Obama’s address, citing prior commitments.
As well any Gold Coasters wishing to head to Brisbane on the train are being warned that trains are running on a Saturday timetable and are leaving about five or six minutes earlier than what it says on the timetable.
Returning from Brisbane they are running a tad later. It is the same story on the Beenleigh line.