Malta blog
Show Menu

Face value: Australians seek free portraits of Queen Elizabeth




Australians by the dozen are demanding portraits of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, after a news item drew attention to an obscure rule entitling them to such articles from local politicians.
Federal politicians in Australia, a constitutional monarchy whose head of state is the British monarch, are not obliged to hand out the pictures, but can claim an allowance to provide them, as well as items such as flags, at constituents' request.
The allowance has existed since 1990, but was little known or drawn on until reported by Vice News on Wednesday.
"I can say before the story was published, I had received zero requests for portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth," Tim Watts, an opposition Labor Party politician representing parts of Melbourne told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio.
About four dozen requests arrived in the last 24 hours, he said, adding, "I think 99% were tongue firmly in cheek."
A national vote in 1999 defeated a motion that Australia should drop the monarchy to become a republic.
Though support for the move has hovered around 50% in opinion polls since, there is little appetite to put the issue back on the agenda, at least during Queen Elizabeth's reign.
Her...

Full story

Watch: Self-Braking Trolley could make shopping less stressful for parents When it comes to raising the blood pressure, for parents, the weekly shop is right up there with getting the kids to bed and meal times. And while to...
Watch: Youth exchange results in brand new rap song A rap song was written and recorded in only four days during a project held in Germany in April between youngsters from Malta, Germany and France. YM...
Watch: Choose Your Future European Parliament launches short film to get out the vote. ...
The MSPCA kicks off #DontEatCruelty campaign Vegan athlete David Wise is running for animals for the second year in a row. ...
Malta To Go

Maltatogo.org is website about my experiences in Malta. Information about how and where to find a job, how and where it's the easiest to find an apartment. The bars, the beaches, the nightlife, and of course, everything in between

Want to contribute?

If you'd like to write articles about your personal experiences in Malta, feel free to get in touch. No pay, but if you're interested, let me know.

Get in touch
We have too much free space

And free space is good.
connect with me

You can contact us via mediacurse@gmail.com (Subject: MaltaToGo), MaltaToGo Facebook or MaltaToGo Twitter account.

If you want to syndicate our content, see this page.