We take a look at some of the more unusual, past and present, with a host of homes across Australia.
1. Sunshine Coast — Independent
With the rise of Independent politicians, a look back in time at Noosa’s first million-dollar home built by the founder of two independent parties, highly critical of increasing foreign ownership in Australia, media and “big government”.
The handcrafted home of rebel politician John Cumming and wife Verushka, Mykonos House in Noosa’s iconic Sunshine Beach is on the market, expected to reach $3.5M-$4M. The Australian Democrats, the Great Australian Party, and the Austand Movement were all founded from this beautiful and individual property.
2. Melbourne — Labour Party
Bill Shorten owns a Moonee Ponds house with his second wife Chloe Bryce, having sold his former home, pictured, on his divorce.
3. Sydney— Liberal Party
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s family home, a vast waterfront estate in Point Piper, Sydney, is estimated by prestige agents to be one of Australia’s most expensive homes.
The Mediterranean-style home Turnbull owns with his wife Lucy, is considered to be worth more than $60 million. Set on 1940 square metres of beachfront land, with a swimming pool, boatshed and private jetty, it’s one of Australia’s most expensive homes.
The Turnbulls also own a Hunter Valley farm and an apartment in New York.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott lives in his Forestville family home in his electorate of Warringah, outside Sydney. The four-bedroom house on 696 sqm was purchased in 1994 by Mr Abbott and his wife Margaret Aitken for $351,000. Today that Northern Beaches home could fetch at least $1.5 million.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s three-bedroom property in Dolans Bay is worth between $2 and $4 million, located in the waterfront neighborhood of his home electorate of Cook south of Sydney, where he and his wife Jenny have owned since 2009.
The PM has moved to historic Kirribilli House on Sydney Harbour “for security and convenience”.
Outgoing Defence Minister Christopher Pyne is selling his Sydney eastern suburbs home and heading for the Adelaide Hills.
Mr Pyne and wife Carolyn have listed their Wattle Park family home, which they hope to sell for about $1 million.
4. Canberra — Official Home of the PM
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also has the option of the official PM’s residence, The Lodge in Canberra.
5. Country New South Wales — National Party
Barnaby Joyce owns a residence in Loomberah south of Tamworth, where according to CoreLogic data, the average sale price for houses was $350,000.
Mr Joyce also owns a 1015ha farm west of Narrabri, which was listed for sale in December. The farmland is being sold to fund Mr Joyce’s impending divorce from his wife of 25 years, Natalie. The block was purchased by the Joyces in 2007 for $572,000.
6. Gold Coast — Liberal Party
Peter Dutton, Member for Dickson and Home Affairs Minister for the Morrison Government, enjoys staying at his glamorous $2.3-million beachfront weekender at Queensland’s Palm Beach.
He also owns a six-bedroom family home in Camp Mountain (QLD), his electorate of Dickson, in the hinterland behind Brisbane. Complete with swimming pool on two hectares, the home was purchased in 2003 for $710,000.
He also has investments in Townsville (QLD), Moreton Is (QLD), Spring Hill (QLD) and Kingston (ACT).
7. Country Victoria — Australian Green Party
Former GP, Australian Greens Leader and Senator Richard Di Natale, lives with his wife and two young sons on a working farm in the foothills of Victoria’s Otway Ranges.
Home from home?
The home life of Australia’s most influential leaders can be in sharp contrast to their electorate.
With properties as diverse as their policies, voters are judging the nation’s politicians as much on what they do as what they say, with every aspect of a politician’s home-life part of the decision of who to trust as the nation goes to the polls.