G20 continues in Brisbane

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shown relations with Indonesia are on the mend, enjoying a private dinner with its new president Joko Widodo on Friday night.

Earlier last night, Russia’s controversial president Vladimir Putin arrived in Australia, met by Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert.

Today, Mr Abbott will be involved in what is known as diplomatic speed dating as he holds brief meetings with most of the leaders in Brisbane.


Trade and infrastructure will be a main talking point for the Prime Minister, as he first meets with leaders from Brazil, Italy and Spain.

US President Barack Obama will arrive in Brisbane on Saturday morning in Air Force One.

Mr Obama will be delivering a speech in Brisbane City Hall as part of an event hosted by Griffith University.

Following this, Mr Obama plans to discuss defence with Mr Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as Russia and China show their force in the region.

The G20 summitt ends on Sunday, with Australia hoping for each country to explain how they will deliver a minimum of two per cent growth by 2018 as the event concludes.