Real Estate

Politicians and their real estate investments

The great Australian dream of home ownership is out of reach for many Australians unless they can borrow from the bank of mum and dad. But not so for federal parliamentarians, with many owning second homes, investment properties, and holiday homes.

By Sean Johnson
14 April 2022

Northern Territory Senator Sam McMahon owns nine investment properties - she owned 10 this time last year before selling her Arizona property.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has eight homes, seven of which are investment properties.

Queensland MP Andrew Laming has six investment properties, Victorian MP Gladys Liu five investments, and WA MP Ian Goodenough five commercial properties.

While these parliamentarians are outliers, the table below shows it's common for our elected representatives to own one, two or more properties beyond their principal place of residence (PPR), such as a second home in Canberra, a beach house or holiday home, rental property, and commercial real estate.

In total, at least 245 non-PPR real estate holdings have been recorded in the House and Senate interest registers this parliamentary term.

On a party basis, 137 (56%) holdings are held by Coalition MPs and senators, 89 (36%) by ALP representatives, and 19 (<8%) by independents and those from minor parties.

While no one can begrudge politicians for wanting to build their wealth, those Australians without a single home are right to feel aggrieved that many of these holdings would benefit from generous tax treatment like negative gearing (for rentals and holiday/second homes when rented out), capital gains tax concessions, and Travel Allowance (when a politician stays at their Canberra residence).

It's little wonder that abolishing or reducing these tax benefits has proven so hard.

Anthony AlbaneseSelfHouse - Dulwich HillInvestment11/04/19
Anthony AlbaneseSelfHouse Marrickville (jointly with spouse)↳ Interest no longer held as of 07/09/2021. Deleted from register 15/09/21Investment11/04/19
Katie AllenSelfPoint Lonsdale, Victoria Holiday Home / Investment18/05/19
Anne AlySelfBelmont WA Investment / rental11/04/19
Anne AlySelfWilson WA Investment / rental11/04/19
Karen AndrewsSelfMudgeeraba, QueenslandInvestment 11/04/19
Karen AndrewsSelfPalm Beach, QueenslandInvestment 11/04/19
Karen AndrewsSelfAyr, QueenslandInvestment 11/04/19
Karen AndrewsSelfDeniliquin, NSWInvestment 11/04/19
Karen AndrewsSelfKalgoorlie, Western Australia Investment 11/04/19
Karen AndrewsSelfClear Island Waters, QueenslandInvestment21/03/21
Kevin AndrewsSelfWalkerville, SA Residential, investment11/04/19
Kevin AndrewsSelfKilmore, Victoria ↳ Deleted from register 3/08/21Residential, investment11/04/19
Bridget ArcherSelfSt Helens, Tasmania Holiday property (co-owned with spouse)18/05/19
Wendy AskewSelfLauncestonInvestment 12/07/19
Wendy AskewSelfLocation - Prospect Vale Tas↳ Deleted from register 26/05/21Investment property (joint with spouse)19/11/19
Tim AyresSelfCurrarong, NSWHoliday house↳ Changed to holiday house and investment property. 25/02/2125/07/19
Catryna BilykSelfSouth Hobart, TASInvestment10/07/19
Catryna BilykSelfSouth Hobart, TASInvestment10/07/19
Catryna BilykSelfKingston, TASInvestment10/07/19
Simon BirminghamSelfKlemzig, SAInvestment16/07/19
Chris BowenSelfBawley Point - half share with spouseHoliday and investment11/04/19
Andrew BraggSelfPaddington, NSW ↳ Deleted from register 3/12/19Investment29/07/19
Slade BrockmanSelfNorth Lake, WAInvestment8/07/19
Slade BrockmanSelfGriffith, ACTInvestment8/07/19
Carol BrownSelfWest Hobart, TasmaniaInvestment Property19/07/19
Scott BuchholzSelfBlackwater, QLD Investment 11/04/19
Scott BuchholzSelfBlackwater, QLD Investment Property4/09/20
Tony BurkeSelfUnit - Canberra Investment14/11/19
Tony BurkeSelfHuon Valley CouncilInvestment Property19/01/22
Tony BurkeSelfCity of Port PhillipInvestment Property19/01/22
Linda BurneySelfMarrickville, NSWInvestment11/04/19
Linda BurneySelfCooks Hill, NSWInvestment11/04/19
Linda BurneySelfBarton, ACTInvestment11/04/19
Mark ButlerSelfGrange, South Australia Investment↳ Changed from residential 17/01/2211/04/19
Kim CarrSelfLake EucumbeneHoliday/investment 4/07/19
Michaelia CashSelfFloreat WAInvestment with spouse17/07/19
Michaelia CashSelfTurnerSecond residence17/07/19
Michaelia CashSelfEast Perth ↳ Sale of property 05/08/20. Deleted from register 10/08/20Investment with spouse17/07/19
Jim ChalmersSelfApartment (Forrest, ACT)Secondary Residence11/04/19
Claire ChandlerSelfBlackmans Bay, TAS Investment property (co-owned with spouse)22/09/20
Darren ChesterSelfLakes Entrance VICINVESTMENT11/04/19
Darren ChesterSelfIvanhoe VICINVESTMENT 11/04/19
Raff CicconeSelfOakleigh East, VICInvestment19/07/19
Raff CicconeSelfOakleigh East, VICInvestment19/07/19
Jason ClareSelfMilton joint with spouseHoliday and investment21/10/21
Richard ColbeckSelfDEVONPORT TASInvestment property30/07/19
David ColemanSelfCronulla NSW↳ Deleted from register 30/10/20Investment Property11/04/19
Julie CollinsSelfGriffith, ACTSecond home for work11/04/19
Pat ConaghanSelfKempseyInvestment18/05/19
Mark CoultonSelfNew Acton, ACTResidential (Canberra)11/04/19
Mark CoultonSelfNarrabri, NSW↳ Deleted from register 21/10/21Investment11/04/19
Mark CoultonSelfBingara, NSW Investment11/08/20
Perin DaveySelfGriffith, ACTInvestment (joint with spouse)19/07/19
Perin DaveySelfDeniliquin, NSWInvestment (joint with spouse)19/07/19
Perin DaveySelfTocumwal, NSW Joint investment with spouse7/12/20
Milton DickSelfGriffith, ACT Secondary Residence11/04/19
Milton DickSelfClayfield, Qld Investment Property11/04/19
Milton DickSelfSunrise Beach, Qld Investment Property11/04/19
Mark DreyfusSelfSouth Yarra VICInvestment through superannuation fund11/04/19
Jonathon DuniamSelfSurfers Paradise, QLD Investment22/07/19
Jonathon DuniamSelfSurfers Paradise, QLD Investment22/07/19
Peter DuttonSelfKingston ACT↳ Deleted from register 30/07/19Residential Investment11/04/19
Peter DuttonSelfPalm Beach, Qld ↳ Deleted from register 6/05/21Residential investment11/04/19
Peter DuttonSelfMoreton Island, Qld ↳ Deleted from register 6/09/21Residential investment11/04/19
Peter DuttonSelfSpring Hill, Qld↳ Deleted from register 6/09/21Residential investment11/04/19
Peter DuttonSelfRHT Investment (QLD) P/L as Trustee for RHT Family Trust owns investment property in Townsville (Extension of 45th Parliament interest, which declared purchase)Investment property1/05/20
Peter DuttonSelfBrisbane CBDResidential investment6/09/21
Justine ElliotSelfMurwillumbahInvestment11/04/19
Justine ElliotSelfToowongInvestment11/04/19
Justine ElliotSelfFingal Head↳ Deleted from register 9/12/20Investment11/04/19
Jason FalinskiSelfWoolloomoolooInvestment11/04/19
Jason FalinskiSelfCanberra Investment property9/12/20
Mehreen FaruqiSelfBeaconsfield, NSWInvestment - joint owned with spouse30/07/19
Mehreen FaruqiSelfPort Macquarie, NSWInvestment - joint owned with spouse30/07/19
David FawcettSelfNoosa, Qld Investment2/07/19
David FawcettSelfCivic, ACTInvestment2/07/19
Concetta Fierravanti-WellsSelfNeutral Bay, NSWInvestment25/07/19
Concetta Fierravanti-WellsSelfUmbria, ItalyInvestment25/07/19
Joel FitzgibbonSelfCessnock NSWCommercial11/04/19
Joel FitzgibbonSelfYarralumla ACTUnit - Canberra Residence11/04/19
Paul FletcherSelfPaddingtonInvestment11/04/19
Nicolle FlintSelfAdelaide Investment Property30/07/20
Ian GoodenoughSelfOffice, Belmont, Western AustraliaBusiness and Investment11/04/19
Ian GoodenoughSelfWarehouse, Belmont, Western AustraliaBusiness and Investment11/04/19
Ian GoodenoughSelfCommercial Tenancy, Currambine, Western AustraliaBusiness and Investment11/04/19
Ian GoodenoughSelfCommercial Storage Unit, Currambine, Western AustraliaBusiness and Investment11/04/19
Ian GoodenoughSelfRural Property, Red Gully, Western AustraliaBusiness and Investment11/04/19
Nita GreenSelfMermaid Beach, QueenslandInvestment29/07/19
Stirling GriffSelfAdelaideCommercial investment via SMSF share in unit trusts11/07/19
Stirling GriffSelfAdelaideCommercial investment via SMSF share in unit trusts11/07/19
Stirling GriffSelfAdelaideCommercial investment via SMSF share in unit trusts11/07/19
Stirling GriffSelfAdelaide↳ Deleted from register 13/12/21Residential investment via SMSF11/07/19
Karen GroganSelfRosewater, South AustraliaInvestment8/11/21
Helen HainesSelf50% share of residential property Northcote Victoria 3070Investment13/03/22
Garth HamiltonSelfSouth ToowoombaInvestment4/07/20
Garth HamiltonSelfSouth ToowoombaInvestment4/07/20
Garth HamiltonSelfMiddle RidgeInvestment4/07/20
Chris HayesSelfGriffith ACTCanberra Residence11/04/19
Chris HayesSelfManyana NSWHoliday House11/04/19
Chris HayesSpouse/partnerGriffith ACTCanberra Residence11/04/19
Chris HayesSpouse/partnerManyana NSWHoliday Home11/04/19
Julian HillSelfKingston52% share: Residential, investment11/04/19
Julian HillSelfKingsville↳ Sold (Settlement date 19 August 2019). Deleted from register 28/08/1960% share: Family support, investment11/04/19
Kevin HoganSelfLismore City Council, NSW, 2480Residence, Primary Production, Investment Property11/04/19
Kevin HoganSelfBallina LGAInvestment Property, SMSF13/01/21
Luke HowarthSelfPinkenba houseInvestment11/04/19
Luke HowarthSelfShorncliffe house ↳ Deleted from register 17/03/21Investment11/04/19
Luke HowarthSelfMount Pleasant, QueenslandInvestment property 17/03/21
Steve IronsSelfHouse -WAResidence/Investment11/04/19
Ged KearneySelfHervey Bay, QLDInvestment property (50% share)11/04/19
Ged KearneySelfHarmers Haven, VICVacant land - potential holiday location (37% share)11/04/19
Ged KearneySpouse/partnerHarmers Haven, VICVacant land - potential holiday location (38% share)11/04/19
Peter KhalilSelfMurrumbeenaInvestment11/04/19
Catherine KingSelfPurchase of investment property - Ballarat - settlement 10 April 2020Investment property2/03/20
Madeleine KingSelfBarton ACT (2016 - sole ownership)Canberra residence11/04/19
Madeleine KingSelfShoalwater Bay WA (2004 - joint)Former Residence, now investment↳ Changed back to residence on 19/01/2111/04/19
Madeleine KingSelfOsmington WA (2007 - 1/3 share joint)Holiday Home↳ Investment property 19/01/2111/04/19
Madeleine KingSpouse/partnerOsmington WA (2007 - 1/3 share joint)Holiday Home↳ Investment property 19/01/2111/04/19
Andrew LamingSelfThornlands homeInvestment11/04/19
Andrew LamingSelfThornlands homeInvestment11/04/19
Andrew LamingSelfThornlands homeInvestment11/04/19
Andrew LamingSelfThornlands homeInvestment11/04/19
Andrew LamingSelfMooloolaba apartmentInvestment11/04/19
Andrew LamingSelfCanberra apartmentInvestment11/04/19
Sussan LeySelfGold CoastInvestment11/04/19
Sue LinesSelfBusselton, WA Investment22/07/19
Sue LinesSelfRedfern, NSW Investment22/07/19
Sue LinesSelfVictoria Park, WA Investment22/07/19
Gladys LiuSelfKewInvestment18/05/19
Gladys LiuSelfFlemington (Family Trust)Investment18/05/19
Gladys LiuSelfBrisbane (SMSF)Investment18/05/19
Gladys LiuSelfCAMP HILL Investment9/04/20
Gladys LiuSelfCity of WhitehorseInvestment20/07/21
Richard MarlesSelfEast GeelongInvestment11/04/19
Jenny McAllisterSelfRedfern, NSW (held jointly with spouse)Investment13/05/21
Kristy McBainSelfTura Beach, NSWInvestment4/07/20
Kristy McBainSelfBega, NSWInvestment4/07/20
Emma McBrideSelfNorah HeadInvestment11/04/19
Michael McCormackSelfMelbourneInvestment11/04/19
Bridget McKenzieSelfElwood, VictoriaInvestment24/07/19
Bridget McKenzieSelfResidential Property, Middle Park Victoria Investment20/01/20
Nick McKimSelfNubeena TasmaniaHoliday Home - joint with partner26/07/19
Nick McKimSelfNew Norfolk, TasmaniaInvestment property21/12/21
Nick McKimSpouse/partnerNubeena TasmaniaHoliday Home - joint with partner26/07/19
Sam McMahonSelfKatherine NT Investment16/07/19
Sam McMahonSelfPalmerston NT Investment16/07/19
Sam McMahonSelfNoosa QLD Investment16/07/19
Sam McMahonSelfGillen NT Investment16/07/19
Sam McMahonSelfGillen NT Investment16/07/19
Sam McMahonSelfAlice Springs NT Investment16/07/19
Sam McMahonSelfDouglas QLD Investment16/07/19
Sam McMahonSelfKatherine NT Investment16/07/19
Sam McMahonSelfGili Gede Lombok Indonesia Investment16/07/19
Sam McMahonSelfArizona USA ↳ Deleted from register 23/03/21Investment16/07/19
Ben MortonSelfGriffith ACT Canberra Accommodation13/10/20
Shayne NeumannSelfInterest in residential unit at Caloundra, QueenslandInvestment - rental11/04/19
Shayne NeumannSelfInterest in residential unit at Palm Beach, QueenslandInvestment - rental11/04/19
Ted O'BrienSelfMaroochydore QLD↳ Deleted from register 28/04/21Investment (minority part-interest)11/04/19
Ted O'BrienSelfNewstead QLD ↳ Deleted from register 5/04/22Investment11/04/19
Ted O'BrienSelfCanberra, ACT Second residence (sitting weeks and during other Parliamentary duty)14/04/20
Brendan O'ConnorSelfLorne, VicHoliday House (occasional rental)11/04/19
Brendan O'ConnorSelfGriffith, ACTInvestment11/04/19
Ken O'DowdSelfGladstoneUnit Investment11/04/19
Clare O'NeilSelfProperty in East Melbourne - jointly with spouse. Investment property10/05/21
Deborah O'NeillSelfStanley, TASInvestment29/07/19
Deborah O'NeillSelfAlcomie, TASInvestment29/07/19
Deborah O'NeillSelfYorky's Knob, QLDInvestment29/07/19
Julie OwensSelfResidential Property - Mudgee Region (Co-owned with partner) Holiday home10/12/20
Julie OwensSpouse/partnerResidential Property - Mudgee Region (Co-owned with partner) Holiday home10/12/20
James PatersonSelfMornington Peninsula, VictoriaInvestment property25/06/20
Rex PatrickSelfWoolooware NSW Investment29/07/19
Rex PatrickSelfCoolum Beach QLD Investment29/07/19
Rex PatrickSelfCoolum Beach QLD ↳ Deleted from register 14/02/22Investment29/07/19
Fiona PhillipsSelfMyolaInvestment (Joint with spouse)18/05/19
Keith PittSelfKingston, ACTInvestment (family trust)11/04/19
Keith PittSelfBundaberg, QLD ↳ Property sold Deleted from register 16/07/21SMSF - investment 11/04/19
Keith PittSelfBrisbane Residential investment property - owned by Klare (QLD) Pty Ltd, trustee for K & A Pitt Family Trust27/10/21
Tanya PlibersekSelfCaringbah, NSWInvestment (with spouse)11/04/19
Tanya PlibersekSelfLjubljana, SloveniaInvestment (with spouse)11/04/19
Helen PolleySelfNEWSTEADINVESTMENT26/06/19
Christian PorterSelfKINGSTON ACT ↳ Deleted from register 27/02/20CANBERRA RESIDENCE11/04/19
Rowan RamseySelfPort NeillBeach House11/04/19
Rowan RamseySpouse/partnerPort NeillBeach House11/04/19
Gerard RennickSelfPaddingtonInvestment Property29/07/19
Gerard RennickSelfChinchillaInvestment Property (Shared with Spouse)29/07/19
Gerard RennickSelfCanberraSecond Residence (offer made subject to settlement)29/07/19
Gerard RennickSelfCabarita beach (Shared with spouse)Investment Property3/09/20
Linda ReynoldsSelfBali, IndonesiaHoliday home24/07/19
Janet RiceSelfSisters Beach, TasmaniaResidential (holiday home)30/07/21
Amanda RishworthSelfGriffith ACTSecond home11/04/19
Amanda RishworthSelfCumberland Park SA (jointly owed with spouse)Investment11/04/19
Michelle RowlandSelfPotts PointResidential Investment11/04/19
Michelle RowlandSelfCaves BeachResidential Investment11/04/19
Zed SeseljaSelfTuggeranong, ACT Investment - Residential House17/10/19
Rebekha SharkieSelfHouse - Bucasia QLD Investment8/11/21
Dave SharmaSelfBarton ACTResidential and investment18/05/19
Dave SharmaSelfBrisbane QLD↳ Deleted from register 24/03/21Investment18/05/19
Ben SmallSelfMillbridge, WA 6232 Investment9/12/20
Ben SmallSelfMillbridge, WA 6233Investment9/12/20
Ben SmallSelfAustralind, WA 6233Investment9/12/20
Ben SmallSelfAustralind, WA 6233Investment9/12/20
Ben SmallSelfAustralind, WA 6233Investment9/12/20
Dean SmithSelfLyons, ACTInvestment29/07/19
Dean SmithSelfInglewood, Western Australia Investment9/08/21
Tony SmithSelfBlairgowrie (Share Property)Holiday Home11/04/19
Warren SnowdonSelfNarrabundah, ACT (with Spouse)Second residence11/04/19
Warren SnowdonSpouse/partnerNarrabundah, ACT (with Spouse)Second residence11/04/19
Anne StanleySelfWatson, ACT Investment11/04/19
Zali SteggallSelfManly, NSWInvestment property18/05/19
Glenn SterleSelfHalls Head WAInvestment8/07/19
Glenn SterleSelfKingston ACTInvestment8/07/19
Michael SukkarSelfCanberra Investment11/04/19
Michael SukkarSelfRingwood NorthInvestment6/04/20
Meryl SwansonSelfKurri Kurri, NSW (jointly owned with spouse)Investment11/04/19
Meryl SwansonSelfKingston ACT jointly owner with spouse Residence31/03/22
Dan TehanSelfO'Connor, ACTResidential investment 11/04/19
Phillip ThompsonSelfTownsvilleInvestment18/05/19
Kate ThwaitesSelfCollingwoodInvestment18/05/19
Alan TudgeSelfCanberraCanberra residence11/04/19
Maria VamvakinouSelfSunshineInvestment11/04/19
Ross VastaSelfBrisbane QLDInvestment Property11/04/19
Ross VastaSelfManly QLDInvestment Property11/04/19
Ross VastaSelfCarina QLD Investment Property13/05/21
Andrew WallaceSpouse/partnerKelowna, British Columbia, CanadaInvestment/Holiday house11/04/19
Jess WalshSelfByron Bay, NSWInvestment11/07/19
Tim WattsSelfApartment, KingstonInvestment11/04/19
Anika WellsSelfTeneriffe, QLD ↳ Deleted from register 30/07/20Joint investment with spouse18/05/19
Peter Whish-WilsonSelfBicheno, Tasmania ↳ Deleted from register 3/02/20Holiday home (jointly owned with spouse)25/07/19
Peter Whish-WilsonSpouse/partnerBicheno, Tasmania ↳ Deleted from register 3/02/20Holiday home (jointly owned with spouse)25/07/19
Lucy WicksSelfDee Why NSW ↳ Formerly jointly owned with former spouse. Transferred to sole ownership 24/06/20↳ Deleted from register 23/12/20Investment11/04/19
Andrew WilkieSelfSouthport Tasmania 7109 Joint tenant with spouse/partner - Holiday home3/12/20
Andrew WilkieSelfSouthport Tasmania 7109 ↳ Deleted from register 3/12/20Holiday home3/12/20
Josh WilsonSelfBeaconsfield, WA - jointly with spouseInvestment11/04/19
Josh WilsonSelfSpearwood, WA - jointly with spouseInvestment11/04/19
Rick WilsonSelfScarborough, WAInvestment11/04/19
Rick WilsonSelfGriffith, ACT Investment11/04/19
Tim WilsonSelfProperty, Mornington Peninsula Shire (Co-owned)Residence/Investment11/04/19
Tim WilsonSelfProperty, Australian Capital Territory (Co-owned)Residence/Investment11/04/19
Tim WilsonSelfProperty, City of Melbourne↳ Deleted from register 29/06/21Investment11/04/19
Tim WilsonSelfProperty, City of Melbourne (co-owned)Investment29/06/21
Jason WoodSelfDandenong RangesCommercial11/04/19
Terry YoungSelfScarborough QLD↳ Deleted from register 24/05/21Investment property18/05/19
Tony ZappiaSelfPooraka50% interest - investment11/04/19
Tony ZappiaSelfIngle Farm20% interest - investment11/04/19
Tony ZappiaSelfMoana20% interest - holiday home11/04/19