Mar 7, 2014

A caravan for Kate? Budget tips for the royals’ trip Down Under

Will and Kate's trip to Australia will cost the government millions. Crikey provides suggestions on how the royals can slash costs ... but can Kate pitch a tent?

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

Australian taxpayers face a $2 million bill from next month’s visit by British royals Will and Kate — so a tourism expert has suggested the pair hold barbecues and fly Tiger to cut costs.

As Crikey detailed yesterday, the federal and state governments pay for visits from British royals:  flights, meals, accommodation, even the gifts they give out. Crikey estimated Will and Kate’s 10-day Australian adventure with baby George will cost $2 million.

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9 thoughts on “A caravan for Kate? Budget tips for the royals’ trip Down Under

  1. Aphra

    Committed republican I might well be, but QE2, until the Constitution tells me otherwise, remains the legal Head of State of this country. As such, I think that she and her direct heirs and successors should be welcomed in Australia. Arguing over the cost of these visits seems both childish and churlish to me. They’ll cost less than half the price of Oprah’s visit and there’s three of them – much better value for money – and even more people want to see them!

  2. JohnB

    Aphra nearly convinced me there for a moment. Maybe we should show respect to our German/Greek(etc) inbred rulers.

    But wait a minute! When we visit, we pay to see the royal treasurers. Why should they not pay the going rates to see ours?

    As I said yesterday, if the primary value of this jaunt is to advertise Australian travel to well-heeled Brits, then the travel industry should pick up the tab.

  3. JohnB

    “…to see the royal treasures…”

    Not “treasurers”, it would be worth paying for a meeting with the royal treasurers.

  4. zut alors

    Crikey, please stop this.

    Surely there are more important dilemmas facing Oz than hypothetically whittling down the expenses of a royal visit. So puerile.

  5. paddy

    Listen Crikey, one day of this nonsense was tiresome and worth ignoring. But two? It’s not even as though it’s a large amount of money in the grand scheme of things.
    There are *real* issues out there that a worth your focus.
    This isn’t one of them.

  6. Ron Edgar

    Hey Joe and Tone, maybe it would worth the Government investing in a couple of Entertainment books? The coupons would be really handy for Royal visits and hosting foreign dignitaries. They cover everything from food, car hire and airline discounts! Very handy!

  7. BruceHassan

    Oh dear. The most interesting thing about two days of this is just how much it reveals of the anti-royal fascination with royalty! Top marks to Ms Alexander for persistence, now hot on the track of Prince Harry’s mini-bar bill, and whether the costs include actual clothes for the Duchess (which will presumably be designed and made by actual Australians). The commentary from Mr Barns, apparently an expert on the costs of royalty in Britain; and the opportunity for some readers to make snide racist remarks about German ancestry (63% of third generation Australians claimed some German ancestry in the last census), just add to the pointlessness of the two articles.
    BTW, the “lavish” cost, by my calculations, works out at about 12 cents per Australian, or about four-times the daily rate of a Crikey subscription. Both good value, but only Crikey manages to be occasionally irritating with such silly “news” stories.

  8. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    I wonder what it would be like if we did have our own, proper, republican Australian head of state (like a president or some such) and had to create a budget for them to do their thing, how generous we, as a nation, would feel like being? Would we require a suitably ostentatious, even pretentious lifestyle with frequent tours OS and local – ie. much more lavish than our current GG? I wonder because we don’t seem to demonstrate that we think the role of head of state, of keeper of the Constitution, of head of the armed forces, is anything very special. We seem to want to treat the current head of state with a kind of contempt – perhaps because we can’t connect her with the rest of celebrity world. But she’s not a celebrity, she’s the head of state.
    Unlike Paddy, I think this is a real issue, but one which so many people simply aren’t interested in. Which is why we can’t get the republic to happen.

  9. Take A Letter Maria

    I won’t complain about paying taxes if the Govt can guarantee me my taxes will not contribute to utter wastages like this.

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