Aussie PM's home is fire hazard
Published 11/10/2011 | 10:50
The official residence of Australia's prime minister has been declared a potential fire hazard with a leaking roof that needs replacing.
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.