Is the Treasurer at home or not?

che 17 August 2007 16

The ABC have this story on a residence for the Treasurer in Canberra. But It confuses the hell out of me. Costello says he will support getting rid of it, but not while he is Treasurer, but Minchin who is suggesting to get rid of it can’t remember which government got rid of it in the past?

So do we have one or not and who lives there and if we don’t have it why is anyone bothering with this?

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16 Responses to Is the Treasurer at home or not?
caf caf 10:42 am 21 Aug 07

Spectra: It is this place at 4 Rhodes Pl, Yarralumla.

The treasurer (Robert Casey) only lived there for 8 months before he was moved portfolios when Menzies came to power. It then sat empty for about 2 years, before the Canadian High Commission moved in. After that it was the headquarters of the Australian Heritage Commission during the 70s and 80s.

Pandy Pandy 5:08 pm 19 Aug 07

Emma from the Canberra Times reading RA? Very bizarrily in todays Sunday Times she mentioned about the treasurer living in the Lodge like I posted above.

southerner southerner 1:11 pm 18 Aug 07

The house Minchin mentioned was actually built for Richard Casey, Menzies’s Foreign Affairs Minister. After he resigned Parliament to become Governor General, I think it became an outposted office of DFAT. It was sold in the 1996 Howard pogroms.

boomacat boomacat 12:08 am 18 Aug 07

Why not just set up a big Cirque De Solei (or however the frogs spell it) style tent next to the lake? That way they can all bunk in together (how nice) and have a big love in. Janette could say “now you boys go and sit in the refreshments stand and don’t come back till you’ve sorted out your differences!”. They could sell fairy floss, ace. Johnny could get a side gig in the freakshow, “the hairiest eyebrows in the world”, whilst Peter could perform as “the man with no spine”. Phillip Ruddock could be “the incredible walking corpse”. Audience entry fees would be a good way for us to recoup all those expensive polly salaries and related expenses. They could ride elephants about town, thus cutting down on fuel costs and greenhouse gases. George W could do a guest show as “the stupidest man on Earth”.

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 11:10 pm 17 Aug 07

Yeah, then he could take a swim every morning instead of that silly little ‘power walk’.

Pandy Pandy 10:58 pm 17 Aug 07

To change toppic: I really think that the PM deserves a White House by the lake. Then make the Lodge the treasurers house.

Maelinar Maelinar 3:58 pm 17 Aug 07

I’d rather the mother-england apron strings to the american dog lead.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 1:29 pm 17 Aug 07

The point Costello made was that it is that way in London with the Treasurer next door to No. 10 (just can’t break free from those mother-England apron strings can we?). Realistically, it would probably be off-set by the accommodation costs – I’d imagine out of all the portfolios, that the Treasurer’s would be the one that requires the most time actually on the ground in Canberra…

flyingblind flyingblind 11:14 am 17 Aug 07

Thank insert your chosen deity (HERE) that Howard (the back flipping,lying toe rag)does not live here!

S4anta S4anta 9:50 am 17 Aug 07

I think Howard doesnt live in the lodge because he cant see over the walls which at least four times his height…

asp asp 9:26 am 17 Aug 07

If you were Howard, would you risk having Costello stay with you when you’re the only thing standing between him and the top job?

S4anta S4anta 9:25 am 17 Aug 07

i believe the buidling has been turned into a stunning set of yuppie dog boxes…

LG LG 9:14 am 17 Aug 07

how about a granny flat out the back of the lodge or Governor General’s residence?

captainwhorebags captainwhorebags 9:05 am 17 Aug 07

I was told it’s the building on State Circle just across from the Seth Effrikan embassy.

Spectra Spectra 9:02 am 17 Aug 07

S4anta: Does the building still exist? If so, do you know which one it is? Just curious, since I’d never even heard of it until yesterday.

S4anta S4anta 8:27 am 17 Aug 07

other way round homie. he will support the idea, as long as he is not in office. The govt that got rid of the treasurers residence (down the road from the lodge on capital circle) was menzies if i remember correctly.

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