Scott Morrison avoids media questions as he leaves Kirribilli House in Sydney after Liberal election defeat

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22nd May 2022 – (Sydney) Scott Morrison has emerged from his official Sydney residence just hours after conceding electoral defeat to Labor leader Anthony Albanese.

The ousted prime minister refused to answer media questions as he left Kirribilli House alongside his wife Jenny,54, and mother Marion.

Mr Morrison and his wife stepped into a waiting black van, while his mother was seen speaking to security personnel as she walked towards a silver hatchback.

The outgoing prime minister, who retained his own seat of Cook in Saturday’s federal poll, will return to his southern Sydney home in Port Hacking after handing over the keys to Mr Albanese.

It is unclear how long it will take Mr Morrison to pack up and leave Kirribilli House altogether.

Scott Morrison leaves Kirribilli House with his family on the morning after his defeat by Labor leader Anthony Albanese. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Simon Bullard

In 2015, departing prime minister Tony Abbott took only three days to leave after being defeated by Malcolm Turnbull in a leadership spill.

The hasty exit from the harbourfront home came after Mr Morrison admitted defeat in the 2022 Federal Election, having seen his party lose at least nine seats to Labor.

The family-of-four stood in front of a massive Australian flag at Liberal headquarters on Saturday night where they were greeted by the cheers of the Liberal supporters in the room, including former prime minister John Howard.

“I still believe in miracles as I always have. And the biggest miracles as I said three years ago were standing beside me and here they are again tonight with Jenny and my daughters. They are the greatest miracle in my life,” Mr Morrison said.

He said he had contacted the Labor leader to congratulate him on his election victory.

“I have spoken to the Leader of the Opposition and the incoming Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese and I’ve congratulated him on his election victory this evening,” Mr Morrison said.

“On a night like tonight it is proper to acknowledge the functioning of our democracy I have always believed in Australians and their judgement and I’ve always been prepared to accept their verdicts and tonight they have delivered their verdict.

“And I congratulate Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party and I wish him and his government all the very best.”

Mr Morrison said he took responsibility for the loss of the Liberal Party and confirmed he would step down as leader after taking control in 2018 following Mr Turnbull’s demise.

“That is the burden and that is the responsibility of leadership. As a result I will be handing over the leadership at the next party room meeting to ensure the party can be taken forward under new leadership which is the appropriate thing to do,” he said.

“To all of those who have been elected again tonight, you carry forward that Liberal mantle. You carry forward that Coalition flag. And I can only see myself continuing to support you in those efforts because the country will need you in the years ahead.”

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