Gillard not to move into Australian PM residence

Last Updated: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 14:56

Melbourne: Australia`s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who lives in a simple brick bungalow near an Indian take-away, will not be moving into her official residence -- for now.

Gillard said she would not move into the prime minister`s residence, The Lodge, till she was elected by the people. "I am very happy in my home in Altona", a Melbourne suburb.

She also has a flat in Canberra.

"Indeed, I believe it is appropriate for me to stay there until we have an election and I have fulsomely earned the trust of Australian people to be prime minister," The Age on Friday quoted Gillard as saying.

Gillard`s bungalow with a tidy garden is located close to a selection of take-away including Indian and Thai. There is also a nearby tattoo parlour and a fancy dress shop.

According to one visitor to the house, Gillard`s security measures up to now "involved her locking the front door, and maybe the back one".

Her home is nowhere close to The Lodge, which has a 1920s-style reception areas, artwork borrowed from the National Gallery of Australia and well-manicured gardens.

Gillard has support from residents in her electoral seat of Lalor in Melbourne.

Joy and Eric Vincent, who are Gillard`s neighbour in Altona suburb here, are happy on her becoming the prime minister.

Eric said Gillard is a "very nice, delightful lady".

The Vincents often collect the newspapers that are thrown onto the Gillard`s front garden, and neatly place them outside the front door.

"Her presence has elevated us and we appreciate the security we have here," said Eric.

Joy added: "We have to look out for each other."

IANS



First Published: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 14:56

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