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To let: The Lodge
As Leader of the Opposition, James Scullin had campaigned against the cost of The Lodge when it was completed in 1927. When Labor won the October 1929 election, he refused to occupy the prime ministerial residence.
To offset the expensive upkeep, The Lodge was tactfully, and unsuccessfully, offered for lease, complete with all fittings and furnishings.
Photographs highlighting features such as the Tasmanian mountain ash panelling and the Australian-made furniture in the entrance hall were obligingly published in the Australian Home Beautiful on 1 November 1929.
There were two double dissolutions in the Australian parliament’s first 50 years – in 1914 and in 1951. In the next 50 years there were four – in 1974, 1975, 1983 and 1987.