Face Value Australians Seek Free Portraits Of Queen Elizabeth


SYDNEY – 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.

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