Australians recently discovered a little-known law that lets them get portraits of the Queen for free — and politicians are inundated with requests

Business Insider | 8/11/2018 | Sinéad Baker, INSIDER
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Vice published an article on Wednesday saying that Australians could get a free portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from the government.

Politicians have since been inundated with requests, with one MP calling it "excellent trolling."

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One Melbourne lawmaker said he had received "dozens" of request within 24 hours.

Australians are demanding portraits of the Queen from their government after realizing that they can get them for free, thanks to a little-known law.

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Under the little-known "constituents' request program," Australian citizens are legally entitled to "nationhood material" such as flags and portraits of the Queen and Prince Philip. The program was relatively unknown until Vice reported on it on Wednesday.

Tim Watts, a Melbourne MP, said on Thursday that he had already received dozens of requests in the 24 hours since the story was published.

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"I can say before the story was published, I had received zero requests for portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth," Watts told Australian broadcaster ABC. "The last 24 hours, I would say about four dozen."

He also tweeted at Vice: "Excellent trolling... I do find this to be comfortably the dumbest part of my job."

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