Australians 'troll' MPs for free Queen portraits Aug 11, 2018 0 57 12345 AFPSYDNEYAUSTRALIAN politicians have been inundated with"tongue in cheek"requests for portraits of Queen Elizabeth II after a writer uncovered an obscure law allowing voters to request one at taxpayers'expense.Under the Constituents'Request Program, Australians can ask their MPs for"nationhood material"including a photo of the Queen wearing a wattle brooch -- a gift from former Australian prime minister Robert Menzies -- and a pin featuring the country's coat of arms.The Queen is Australia's head of state as it remained a British dominion after gaining independence in 1901.Other material on offer includes the national, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags,"nationhood documents"such as booklets on Australian flags and national symbols, and a portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh.MPs said they had not received any requests for Queen Elizabeth portraits -- until Vice's Nicholas Lord pointed out the archaic provision in an article on Wednesday. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Philippines to review casino project after Duterte's order Aug 11, 2018 0 43 Oppn's legal challenge delays Mnangagwa's inauguration Aug 11, 2018 0 40 UN says Russia must end jail torture, prosecute guards Aug 11, 2018 0 329 Undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia urged to go home PhilStar/Agencies MANILA Undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia are encouraged to take advantage of the Malaysian government's voluntary deportation programme before the month ends. An estimated 400,000 .. Philippine Navy to make historic first port call to Russia MANILA The Philippine Navy will soon make its historic first port call to Russia, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed. "We're just reciprocating their gestures. They visited us twice," he told reporters .. 13 burnt to death after bus-digger collision in Nigeria LAGOS Thirteen people burnt to death when a bus burst into flames after a head-on collision with a digger near Nigeria's oil hub of Port Harcourt, police said on Friday. "A pail loader (digger) skidded off the road and .. 10 killed in botched bank heists in Nigeria LAGOS Armed robbers killed at least 10 people, including a policeman, when they raided a police station and two banks in southern Nigeria, police said on Friday. The incident, which took place on Thursday in Igarra in Edo .. Probe after Tokyo medical school excludes women TOKYO Japan on Friday launched an unprecedented probe into gender discrimination at all the nation's medical universities after a Tokyo medical school admitted to altering the entrance test results of female .. 10 dead in east Congo Ebola flare-up BENI Ten people have died in an outbreak of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a toll issued Friday that said 27 other deaths were suspected to be Ebola-related. Forty-four confirmed and probable .. Kenyan parliament rejects call to probe ministers over sugar imports NAIROBI Kenyan lawmakers have rejected a report by two parliamentary committees that recommended the finance minister and a cabinet colleague be investigated over their handling of sugar imports, local newspapers .. Death toll from Indonesia quake climbs over 320 REUTERS PEMANANG, Indonesia THE death toll from a huge 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Lombok island has climbed to more than 320, officials said on Friday, even as relief efforts picked up pace.| The ..