Updated on 9 Aug 2018. Posted on 9 Aug 2018

    Australians Are Trolling Their Local Politician By Asking For A Photo Of The Queen

    One is not amused.

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    Australian federal MPs are being flooded with requests for a portrait of the Queen after Vice published a story about a little-known right for citizens to get photos of Queen Elizabeth II for free.

    Vice reminded us that because Australia isn't a republic and the Queen is still our head of state, they can ask their local MP for a photo of the Australian head of state, and Prince Philip, among other "nationhood document" things.

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    Since then, MPs have reported being inundated with requests for their own photo of the Queen (not Claire Foy, though, for what it's worth), a picture of her hubby, or an Australian or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag, which you can also request.

    Assistant minister Craig Laundy said he'd been flooded with requests for images of the Queen, and has ordered more stock.

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    Labor MP for Gellibrand in Melbourne's west, Tim Watts, told BuzzFeed News he had received dozens of requests. On Twitter he revealed some of the items he was sending back to constituents, including a photo of Her Royal Highness, a poster in support of an Australian head of state, and a photo of former Labor prime minister Julia Gillard with AFL legend Bob Murphy.

    Getting my pictures of the Australian Head of State ready for the dozens of #Melbswest constituents who have now requested them from me as their MP. Making appropriate local adjustments before sending them out.... https://t.co/UXwlyr7Pfe

    Labor MP for Griffith, Terri Butler wondered if she could send photos of Queen Bey.

    I've been talked out of providing a photo of Beyoncé to constituents whose correspondence does not adequately particularise their request for a picture of the Queen. In other news, whoever wrote that @VICEAU article about #nationhood materials is not popular in my office.

    Watts said that most of the requests were tongue-in-cheek, with one requesting a photo of Queen Elizabeth II as a "fine addition for the pool room". Watts said that this just exemplified how outdated the monarchy was in Australia.

    "This joke just shows the lie of the monarchists' claim that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it," he said. "The monarchy no longer unites us — the idea of a Queen of Australia just leaves us rolling our eyes."

    @MatthewBevan @JAforBennelong @TimWattsMP @AdamBandt @GrahamPerrettMP @fitzhunter And it isn’t free, someone’s taxes paid for it

    MPs can't make people pay for the photos, and so the cost for sending them to constituents is on taxpayers, It is considered part of an MPs' parliamentary expenses reported by the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority every three months.

    So, if you want a free picture of Lizzy, now's the time, I guess?


    Josh Taylor is a Senior Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

    Contact Josh Taylor at josh.taylor@buzzfeed.com.

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