Welcome to our third QUT News special on the G20, the global summit that will showcase Brisbane to the world, brought to you by a team of journalism students from QUT.

The Obama show rolled into Brisbane this morning, with a spectacle that would’ve otherwise brought the now mostly-empty city to a standstill. The President delivered a speech to a select audience at the University of Queensland, before official G20 events later in the day.

It will go down in history as the Brisbane Speech. US President Barack Obama was speaking to a select invited audience in Brisbane and had the excited audience in the palm of his hand right from the start.

It was dubbed G20 Protest Day. There were 13 separate protests, stretching from South Bank to Roma Street.

Today the official G20 Summit got underway with leaders treated to a warm welcome. But that didn’t stop them from raising the climate change agenda.

The G20 isn’t all about the world’s most influential political figures. Today, their spouses stepped out for a meet and greet at Lone Pine Sanctuary.

The lights may be on the 20 powerful leaders, but the efforts of the the G20 volunteers can’t be overlooked. Hundreds of volunteers are making sure everyone enjoys the summit, and the city.

QUT News G20 Special is brought to you by Joseph Cooney, Georgia Terry, Jim Malo, Whitney Angell, Vanessa Wolfe and Jacinta Lal.