Mar 6, 2014

Royal rates: what you’ll pay for Will and Kate’s Aussie adventure

Will, Kate and royal celebri-baby George will visit Australia next month. Did you know that Aussie taxpayers are going to pay the full cost of the trip?

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

An Australian cannot be our head of state. But we do have a role in vice-regal affairs; we pick up the bill when the head of state’s family comes to visit.

The media has reported with delight the news that Prince William, Kate Middleton and boy George will tour Australia next month. What didn’t feature in those stories is that by custom Australian taxpayers pay for it all — and Crikey estimates the 10-day trip will come in at $2 million or more.

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21 thoughts on “Royal rates: what you’ll pay for Will and Kate’s Aussie adventure

  1. Liamj

    Tony Abbottoir: “The age of entitlement is over [unless you’re a Tory inbred or someone who enjoys grovelling to them]”.

  2. Dez Paul

    Yawn. Just because some mythical watery tart in a lake allegedly handed their ancestors some allegedly magical sword, we now must pay for them to reign over us. They need to get real jobs, notwithstanding that they might be good people to hang out with.

    I imagine Toady, madame speaker, old flinty, Menzie’s ghost, et al are creaming their collective jeans at the opportunity to bow, scrape and curtsy to these foreigners. Expect Toady not to mention Kate’s s ex appeal……

  3. Patrick Irwin

    Remember a certain Tony Abbot led the monarchist back-lash, aided by a Howard smoke screen, successfully confusing the issue of nationality of head of state with our Constitution.
    The English Royals may be nice people, with noble origins in Germany, Austria and Greece, and recently even from England, but a head of state of this great country would be more appropriately sought from among our first nation’s elders.
    We need a person of dignity, humility and compassion, so I nominate Archie Roach; for our first Elder of Australia. And I would encourage him to continue using songs, rather than speeches. Open Parliament with aid of sticks & didge?

  4. graybul

    Must everything be brought down to a $ focus? Surely Crikey you could have ‘flicked past’ both this storyline and one-sided dollar valuation chestnut, in the sure and certain knowledge the Murdock Media will first beat drum loudly. . and, having assured appropriate attention on visit, ie increased readership, will then shine a forensic light on costs designed to bolster republicanism.

  5. Pedantic, Balwyn

    @Liamj, so mean; let Tony bask in the reflected glory of these affronts to democracy, while the rest of us think that he, David Flint et al of the Monarchist persuasion are sycophantic courtiers, well past their use by date.

  6. Aphra

    I read somewhere some years ago that the Australian taxpayer also pays for the royal clothes made for and during royal visits. Is this still the case?

  7. Aphra

    ‘…made for and worn during royal visits…


    A couple of past Prime Ministers’ (the one person) travel expenses will make this Royal Progress look like a cheap picnic. But at least many Australians enjoy a Royal visit – and it may even generate some tourism – so perhaps it’s a good waste of money; surely it’s not fun for the main stars.

  9. BruceHassan

    Ho hum. I thought Crikey could do better than lead with such a trashy story. But, as you’ve decreed the royals are ‘foreigners’, I suppose that makes it OK. Surely, the logical conclusion would be to demand the Duke & Duchess (she stopped being Kate Middleton when she married, but I suppose as they’re only ‘foreigners’, who cares about accuracy) should be seized and transferred to Manus or Nauru, as that would be so much cheaper. Or would it? Sometimes Crikey, you are no better than the surly drivel that emanates from the Murdoch and Fairfax factories when it comes to reporting on royalty in Australia.

  10. zut alors

    Greg Barnes calls royal visits “expensive holidays.” Hardly. I imagine they are rather arduous for the royal family & involve meeting/tolerating endless puffed-up officials. Brief moments of interaction with the public provide some candid relief but otherwise it’s duty, duty, duty.

    Frankly the royal visits are infinitely better value for taxpayers (many of whom enjoy these stints) than the wildly expensive waste-of-time-exercise known as the G20. Coming to Brisbane in November with 20 political heads & approx 4,000 delegates (aka hangers on). We have no idea what the exorbitant cost will be to taxpayers but we do know there will be a suspension of Civil Liberties (resulting from the G20 Safety & Security Bill passed by the Qld parliament in 2013 to cover the event).

    And unlike the royals, the G20 will achieve sod all. Nor will it raise a single smile from the people who are paying for it. Quite the opposite, it will create chaos & bad blood. Give us the royal blue blood any day in preference.

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