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Security: Watching over the G20

  • May 28th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Brisbane wikipediaSorting through problems of a troubled world in eyeball-to-eyeball contact among heads of government – at the G20 —  always holds out the hope of getting some solutions though real communication.

It also means risk and high organisation; why squads of armed police this month have been deployed for exercises  — with air support, in water, and rehearsing street movements —  close to the bottom of the world, for the G20 summit in November.

Lee Duffield writes:

 

Brisbane 2Security services at Brisbane say they have identified “no major indication” of any threat to the gathering, scheduled for the north-east Australian city on 14-15.11.14.

Police Queensland“At the moment that is true, but it can always change”, said Superintendent Mark Plath of the Queensland state police, co-ordinators of the overall security effort, in tandem with national and international services.

At a community briefing for the Australian Council of Europe on 16.4.14, he said an international cyber operation had been deployed to find latest information on possible hostile groups. Police qld 3

Police qld helicopterDrills were in place for the standard check-list of protective operations: evacuations, armed person response, prohibited person, bomb hoax, or protest.

“We have a democratic system so we are not concerned about people exercising the right to hold protests”, he said. “However there are those who want to come and make mischief …”

The G20, made up of the twenty leading economies, combines economic power with responsibility, looking for agreements on issues where crisis is never far away:  in 2014 it has been working to put the squeeze on endemic official corruption around the globe, addressing taxation  evasion, unemployment, energy issues, financial regulation and monetary policy, economic development, growth and the environment.

G20-pic-SydneyThe current Australian presidency commenced with the Finance Ministers conference in Sydney last February, where they agreed to a joint target on economic growth of 2%, with qualifications, for the coming five years. See EUAustralia Online, G20: world economic talks go south, 23.2.14.

G20 Australia 2014The behind-the-scenes road-show that accompanies such gatherings is an industry not usually noticed, except where parts of the host city are cordoned off, “holidays” declared to keep workers out of town, and police appear wearing special insignia for the occasion.

So it is with the planning for Brisbane, a location not accustomed to such operational intensity but putting in the resources, the commanders inviting in experienced peers from preceding G20s, to audit and evaluate their work.

The full complement for a G20 summit, headed by the United Sates President with hundreds in  the entourage, runs to 35 Important Protected Persons, in 35 motorcades some running to 25 vehicles, 4000 officials, 3000 media representatives, and as in the case of the city of Brisbane, 5300 police.

Members of the G20: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union.

Reference

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo, ONT, G20 Working Group. http://www.cigionline.org/, (27.5.14).

G20 Australia 2014, Home. https://www.g20.org, (27.5.14).

Pictures

icte.uq, tracker.org, wikipedia

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