Abbott vows to keep check on G20 pledges

Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott Vicki Wood

LIKE students with a checklist, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said G20 countries would be scrutinised to ensure commitments made at the weekend were kept.

He said it was the biggest difference between Australia's G20 Leaders' Summit and "quite possibly every other international economic conference (there) has been".

"We haven't just committed ourselves to aspirations, we've committed ourselves to specific measures to make those aspirations a reality," Mr Abbott said.

"Not only that, but we've set up an accountability mechanism because the OECD and the IMF will be constantly reviewing our performance against the published commitments we have made.

"So there's an accountability here that I don't believe has ever really been present."

One of those goals is to lift the G20's GDP by at least 2% by 2018.

The final G20 communiqué stated analysis by the IMF-OECD indicated that the countries' commitments, if fully implemented, would deliver 2.1% - adding US $2 trillion to the global economy and creating millions of jobs.

Raising global growth to deliver better living standards and quality jobs worldwide was named the highest priority.

The G20 agreed to reducing the gap in participating rates between men and women by 25% by 2025.

Following intense pressure about the Ebola crisis and climate change, the communiqué listed "strong and effective action to address climate change" and pushed for an urgent and co-ordinated response to the deadly outbreak.

Leaders committed their countries to working together to adopt a protocol or a legal outcome consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

With Russian president Vladimir Putin already heading home, Mr Abbott again attacked the country and said he had "robust discussions" with Mr Putin.

"I have some differences with the Russian government obviously," Mr Abbott said.

"I utterly deplore what seems to be happening in eastern Ukraine.

"I demand that Russia fully co-operate with the investigation, the criminal investigation, of the downing of MH17." -


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