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Boosting economic growth should get top priority at G20 summit

Published Wed, Oct 15, 2014 · 09:50 PM

JUST four weeks to go before the leaders of 20 economies meet in Australia at the annual G20 summit, the final gathering of the world's major powers on such a scale before the year ends.

While they should use the occasion to discuss the most pressing issues of the day, much of the talk in the build-up to the event in Brisbane has centred on what will transpire now that Canberra has confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the top-level meeting.

Australia and many other countries are still seething over the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet by Russian- backed separatists in Ukrainian airspace in July, killing all 298 people on board, including 38 Australian citizens and residents. It would be a pity if the Group of 20 meeting were to be overshadowed by any controversy surrounding Mr Putin's attendance.

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