New Prime Minister of Australia Can’t Move into His Official Residence Because It’s Infested with Possums

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From The Telegraph:

The British-born fitness-obsessed prime minister-elect will live alongside police recruits in a tiny £70-a-night flat with a kitchenette but is reportedly happy because the compound has an excellent gym. Mr Abbott is due to be sworn in as prime minister this week after his landslide election victory last weekend and reportedly rejected an offer to stay in a £1800-a-night luxury rental.

Australia’s official prime ministerial residence, The Lodge, a 1920s colonial-style 40-room mansion in Canberra, was intended to be a temporary lodging until a permanent “monumental” residence was constructed. It is in a state of serious disrepair and has given successive leaders problems.

Former prime minister Julia Gillard once recalled an embarrassing dinner with a visiting foreign leader in 2012 which was interrupted by possum urine dribbling from the roof towards a valuable painting.

“We had a celebrated incident where we had a visiting foreign leader,” she told the Sunday Telegraph.

“There was much shooing of people out of the dining room because someone spotted wee making its way down the wall to one of the very precious paintings from the National Gallery.”

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