Queensland's Government House costs a King's ransom to run
Queensland's magnificent Government House in the leafy Brisbane suburb of Paddington is costing taxpayers a veritable King's ransom to run - and the cost is blowing out by the year!
$190,000 a year tax free is not a bad lurk in anybody's language.
And the other perks of office such as free accommodation, meals fit for a King and Queen, a lavish wine cellar and butlers and maids at one's beck and call would be a massive inducement for anyone offered this once-in-a-lifetime job.
The next Governor of Queensland - who takes over from the incumbent Quentin Bryce on September 5 - is likely to be the last Governor of Queensland, as Australia inevitably heads towards a democratic republic.
Under an Australian republic, the need for 6 State Governors appointed by the Queen of England will disappear overnight.
Government House could become a tourist facility or a museum of a bygone era when the last Governor, appointed by the Queen of Queensland - who happens to be the Queen of England and the Queen of Australia - finishes his or her term of office.