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Has G 20 outlived its usefulness?

For Australia’s re-elected prime minister Scott Morrison G20 is important. An unknown quantity on the international stage, he gets to meet the leaders of the other 18 countries in the organisation, and the chiefs of the 20th member, the European Union, with whom Canberra is hoping to do a trade deal like the one Brussels has just achieved with the Mercosur countries of South America. Most of them, like Australia, are democracies, though many fall short of the true meaning of that description. But G20 produced a disappointing communique, and much of the action took place on its fringes. Hear Colin Chapman’s analysis.