1. APEC Star Trek photo
As the delegates arrive at the APEC summit in China, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has come perilously close to Russian President Vladimir Putin as world leaders gathered in traditional Chinese dress for APEC’s usual leader’s photo.
Commentators were quick to point out that no ‘shirt-fronting’ took place.
Twitter is enjoying the moment with the jackets the leaders asked to don being compared to a scene from a Star Trek convention.
“At 2014 Star Trek fan convention #APEC, Putin challenges Obama: “I look the most like Jean-Luc Picard.” Tweeted one.
2. Abbott at APEC
Meanwhile Prime Minister Abbott has met with US President Barack Obama where he was asked if Australia would increase its troop commitment to Iraq.
President Obama told the media “I am having conversations with Australia, and other coalition partners that are already committed to putting trainers in to see how they can supplement and work with us in the overall effort.”
Mr Abbott is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin this morning to discuss Australia’s concerns about the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine and the subsequent investigation.
3. Wayne Goss dies
The former Queensland Premier, Wayne Goss, who died yesterday following a long battle with brain tumours will be honored with a public memorial service.