CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA: Some Australians are calling for a major change as they want their late national icon Steve Irwin printed on the $5 note instead of King Charles, the UK’s new monarch and head of the Commonwealth following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen has died aged 96, prompting national mourning and Commonwealth nations have also paid tribute and honored Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
The Queen’s death after 70 years on the throne will bring significant changes to Australia, including the introduction of new banknotes and coins bearing the King’s new face. However, some Australian nationalists have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms and demanded that famous Australian personalities be printed on their mottoes when the printing press goes live.
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“Time to replace Queen Elizabeth’s face for cash with Steve Irwin or Heath Ledger I think,” one Australian user tweeted. Another said: “Can we get a petition to get Steve Irwin’s face on the money instead of the Queen? That’s what we all want.”
“Steve Irwin deserves our highest form of currency. The $5 bill will explode in value if we put it on this bill,” another added.
It’s time to replace the face of Queen Elizabeth in cash with Steve Irwin or Heath Ledger, I think
— ❤️🔥Rebel🦁Heart❤️🔥 (@leomars_x) September 9, 2022
Can we get a petition to get Steve Irwin’s face on the money instead of the queen?
that’s what we all want
— badoing (@hexthesun) September 9, 2022
Steve Irwin deserves our highest form of motto. The $5 bill will explode in value if we put it on this bill.
— FancyRefined (@24viva) September 8, 2022
Others have come up with innovative alternative ideas that can be imprinted on Australian currency that ranges from native animals to fictional characters and even classic foods.
In a Reddit post titled ‘RIP Queen Betty’, a man asked fellow Australians for candidates to replace the Queen on the $5 note, generating a flood of suggestions. “Okay… now for the important bullshit,” he said. “Who are we going to put all our money? Because I don’t see that Charles there. Maybe Steve Irwin or Russell Coight? Give us some ideas,” he added.
One person pitched the idea of using famous Australian sitcom characters ‘Kath & Kim’, while one social media user pleaded for ‘Neighbours’ alum Alf Stewart. Another said he should be listed with an Ibis, a native bird known as a “chicken bin”. “Just want to see our country’s proudest bird on our coins. Chicken Chicken,” one person wrote.
Steve Irwin, also known as Crocodile Hunter, died in September 2006 after being struck in the chest by a stingray barb. “Given Straya’s cultural history, I’m all for putting chickens on coins,” another replied.
Another recommended comedian Hamish Blake, while another suggested TV personality Daryl Sommers. Other suggestions included a “pavlova”, “lamington”, “Bunnings snag”, or the State of Origin “maroon jersey”.
Australia’s central bank, however, announced that there would be “no immediate change to Australian banknotes”. The Reserve Bank of Australia has also confirmed that King Charles should appear on a new $5 note. “The reigning monarch traditionally appears on the lowest face value of Australian banknotes,” the bank said.
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