EDITORIAL: The concept of world leaders making their way to the G20 summit in Brisbane may seem exciting, but clearly it comes at great cost.
Special security arrangements, a dedicated, wireless secure communications channel and about half of the state's police force are but minute details of a very expensive picture.
The fact that so many of our police will be off the local beat is concerning.
There are police in numbers across our regions for a reason. They are required.
One can only feel for those who are left at home as they cover large areas in smaller numbers.
It will be argued that there is a leave ban for police during that period and we can only hope that is enough to keep our stations properly staffed.
Of course this also begs the question as to whether the whole thing is worth it.
What will you and I and the bloke next door actually get out of this gathering of international minds?
Australia decided long ago it should be a big player on the world stage and great minds have since taken us down the track of free trade agreements, signing international treaties and losing, in part, our freedom as a nation.
But has it made our lives better?
One can only hope this pow-wow will produce something other than expense, hot air and protests.