MPs have been bombarded with requests since this information came out.
Earlier this week, VICE discovered a little-known perk: every Australian citizen is entitled to a free official portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Apparently, under the “constituents’ request program,” people can ask their MP for certain “nationhood material.” These include the Australian flag, a CD or DVD of the national anthem, and a photo of the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.
“As a good constituent and apparent royalist, I sent an email to my MP, Andrew Hastie, and requested Liz’s portrait,” wrote Vice’s Nicholas Lord.
“While I was initially told his office was out of stock – I apparently wasn’t the first Western Australian to want Elizabeth on my wall – three weeks later I had my portrait, along with some complimentary Aussie flags for good measure.”
Shortly after the VICE article came out, others have done their rightful duty to ask for these materials – to the displeasure of MPs.
Me, with a very nice local woman who popped in to pick up a picture of HM the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
I might be a Republican but if you make the effort to come into my office, I'll happily oblige. pic.twitter.com/dVLKtY7r7M
— Terri Butler MP (@terrimbutler) August 9, 2018
“I love my constituents,” said Tim Watts, the labor MP for Gellibrand. “They have responded to this article in that Australian tradition of taking the piss.”
Excellent trolling @VICEAU, I do find this to be comfortably the dumbest part of my job.
But be warned youth of Gellibrand: if you request a portrait of Liz, there’s nothing stopping me sending you some other ‘material’ in the same parcel..https://t.co/hgUcAA3t8f
— Tim Watts MP (@TimWattsMP) August 8, 2018
We've received more than 25 requests for a portrait of Queen in the last 12 hours.
— Rebekha Sharkie MP (@MakeMayoMatter) August 9, 2018
FOR EXAMPLE: One of my EO mates has already had OVER 100 requests for posters from her office! It’s going to cost over $1000 to order and post them! It’s also going to take literally HOURS!
— Georgia Kriz 🏳️🌈 (@georgiakriz) August 9, 2018
As for Her Majesty’s other royal subjects, Brits can get a portrait for a fee, while Canadians can download the materials online. Official portraits are not available in other Commonwealth countries, such as New Zealand, South Africa, and India.