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Thursday, 18 August 2005
Page: 165

Ms Hoare asked the Prime Minister, in writing, on 29 November 2004:

(1)   Is he aware that Kirribilli House was never intended to be the primary residence of the Prime Minister.

(2)   Does he recall that the reason he gave for using Kirribilli House as his primary residence was that he had dependent children attending schools in Sydney when he became Prime Minister.

(3)   Can he indicate how many of his children (a) continue to reside at Kirribilli House, (b) continue to attend school, and (c) continue to be dependent.

(4)   Can he say when he will move his official primary residence to the Lodge in Canberra.

Mr Howard (Prime Minister) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   There was never any restriction to the intended use of Kirribilli House. Since 1957, all Prime Ministers have used Kirribilli House as a residence.

(2)   to (4) My existing arrangements are within entitlement. When residing at Kirribilli House, my non-dependent children pay a contribution for accommodation and sustenance, as determined by my department. Any proper comparison of costs between comparable periods of my term of office and Mr Keating’s term of office indicate my arrangements have not incurred additional costs to the Commonwealth. I do not intend altering my current arrangements.