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As a three-word slogan for an economic summit, "growth and jobs" had a nice ring to it.

The G20 was always going to deliver on host leader Tony Abbott's goal to back up the slogan with action plans.

And, at least on that level, the prime minister has chaired a successful Brisbane summit.

The challenge now is for all of the G20 countries to deliver on their $2 trillion worth of promises, which is the trickier part.

US President Barack Obama, among others, shares Abbott's frustration with trying to get economic reforms and budget measures through parliament.

Abbott kicked off the "retreat" session of the...

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