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Aussie PM's home is fire hazard

Published 11/10/2011 | 10:50

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's official residence, known as The Lodge in Canberra, has been declared a fire hazard(AP)
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's official residence, known as The Lodge in Canberra, has been declared a fire hazard(AP)

The official residence of Australia's prime minister has been declared a potential fire hazard with a leaking roof that needs replacing.

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Julia Gillard is now looking for "suitable, secure accommodation" in the national capital of Canberra while her official home, known as The Lodge, is renovated over 18 months.

The 84-year-old building near Parliament House has hosted world dignitaries including President George W. Bush, who attended a barbecue there during a 2003 Australian visit.

Its original copper electrical wiring is enclosed in cloth insulation, which may become a fire hazard.

The slate tiled roof is also dangerous and no longer weatherproofs the building.

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