Former Canadian PM Paul Martin helps Brisbane prepare for G20

By Josh Bavas - October 31, 2013
Former Canadian prime minister Paul Martin, who helped establish the G20 summit in the late 1990s, is now assisting Australian leaders with hosting the event in Brisbane and Cairns next year.
During the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto parts of the CBD were damaged and more than 1,000 protesters were arrested during violent clashed with police.
At a meeting in Brisbane, Mr Martin urged Queensland Police to manage the November summit wisely to prevent similar civil unrest.
"The headlines and television pictures may last a long time," he said.
"Canada had some problems and I'm essentially saying you don't want to repeat them."
About 40 delegates attended the planning meeting, including diplomats from China and Japan as well as representatives from Queensland Police, Brisbane City Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and members of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Assistant Commissioner Katarina Carroll says Queensland Police will do all they can to prevent protests erupting into violent disruptions.
"We support people who obviously want to peacefully and lawfully demonstrate and we will accommodate that," she said.
"Obviously Toronto learnt a lot of lessons from their G20 and we also have learnt those lessons.
"We've had staff travel the world to pick up the important lessons in these major events and we're putting that into our major planning."

Asia 'should play bigger role'

Mr Martin also urged the Australian Government to use the G20 to help establish Asia as the world's next leading economic superpower.
"I think that Asia has not played the role internationally that it should," he said.
"If I had one request, it is to Australia: don't forget where you're from; don't forget what you can do on behalf of Asia will benefit all of us.
"There's no doubt that China has got to step up more than it has."
He was also critical of the International Monetary Fund and the Financial Stability Board in their handling of the fallout from the Global Financial Crisis.
"If the Financial Stability Board simply deals with the status quo and doesn't bring those capital markets along and doesn't essentially ensure that the same mistakes that have been made elsewhere are going to occur here, then obviously the ability to anticipate and prevent crises is going to fail," he said.
"The future of the IMF is going to depend very heavily on how it handles this question of quota and governance."