Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has listed gifts he has received. Picture: Paul Braven/AAP
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has listed gifts he has received. Picture: Paul Braven/AAP

Guess which gift the PM gave back

CUBAN cigars and a mosaic of himself are among a raft of gifts Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull received in the past few months and declared today.

He surrendered the cigars - given to him by the Cuban ambassador, but kept the artwork featuring his own visage.

One of the perks of being leader appear to be a range of gifts from foreign leaders and dignitaries, which he formally declared on his register of interests as required.

But it seems art and music grabs the Prime Minister's fancy more so than other gifts, as the register reveals what he kept and surrendered to the department.

The mosaic was a gift from Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and paid $275 to the Collector of Public Monies so he could keep it.

Official gifts over $750 must be declared and the difference between that limit and its valued cost paid if a Minister wants to retain it.

Other gifts he kept were a framed calligraphy print, for which he paid $55, the leader's shirt he received at the APEC Summit and two tickets to the Beautiful: The Carol King musical.

As well as the Cuban cigar, the PM surrendered to his department a "Building the Nation" coin set, a plate depicting dancers from Indonesia President Joko Widodo, a jade bowl from the Vietnamese Government and a pin from the East Asia Summit.

His wife Lucy Turnbull received and surrendered a Mont Blanc Pen and leather-bound notebook from the Mayor of Hamburg in Germany.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten's most recently declared gift was a painting from the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islanders Mannaseh D Sogavare.



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