Prankster Puts Australian Prime Minister’s House on Sale

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Prankster puts Kirribilli House on sale
November 22, 2007

Kirribilli House, Sydney, AustraliaAn online prankster has listed the prime minister’s Sydney residence, Kirribilli House, for sale on an internet real estate site.

It’s not the first time Kirribilli House has been the target of a bogus for-sale listing.

The latest fictitious advertisement suggests the four-bedroom abode at 111 Kirribilli Avenue will be “open for inspection – sorry open for election” this Saturday.

“Far superior to any old Lodge in Canberra, this house fits a family of five and provides the ultimate abode in which to be relaxed and comfortable,” the ad says, playing on John Howard’s statement before the 1996 election on his vision for Australia.

“Includes a $200,000 set of executive chairs (not from Ikea!), plans for $500,000-plus renovation of the dining room to re-enact the predicted last supper.

“Uses 28 times more water than the average Sydney household – one of few properties that can be credited for creating its own mini-drought.

“Current occupant considering a move even if a new lease is signed.”

And the price? “Negotiable just like your Work Choices employment contract.”

The ad, on Fairfax’s Domain website, comes complete with photographs of Kirribilli’s magnificent grounds and waterfront location on Sydney Harbour.

One of the shots shows a man posing outside the front entrance wearing a Kevin07 T-shirt.

It urges prospective buyers to “act now, it’s only a matter of time before interest rates go up again, and again and maybe even again”.

The latest fake advertisement appears to be a reworked version of one placed on Domain in September that listed Kirribilli for sale for $15.

But it’s just the latest in a long line of pranks ahead of Saturday’s federal election.

Fairfax Media corporate affairs director Bruce Wolpe said Domain considered whether or not to run the hoax advertisement, but went ahead because it was in jest.

“The ad on clear investigation is a bit of fun as we get closer to the election – it’s no more, no less than that,” Mr Wolpe told Fairfax websites.

“It’s not unlike other imaginative ploys from creative people in election campaigns.”

© 2007 AAP

photo: The Australian Fund