News 10 august — 15:21

Australian MPs field sudden requests for Queen portraits

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Australians have emailed MPs with dozens of requests for free portraits of the Queen, after the little-known entitlement was publicised this week, BBC reports.

Under official rules, citizens may ask for "nationhood" material - things such as Australian flags, anthem recordings, and portraits of the head of state.

One MP, Tim Watts, said most requests for images of the Queen were due to a case of "excellent trolling".

It followed a Vice story that had drawn wide attention to the entitlement.

"I can say before the story was published, I had received zero requests for portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth," Mr Watts told the ABC.

"The last 24 hours, I would say [I have received] about four dozen. I think 99% were tongue firmly in cheek."

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