Scott Morrison has hidden away from the cameras the morning after he conceded defeat to Anthony Albanese.
The outgoing prime minister made a quick getaway from Kirribilli House in Sydney in a three car convoy just before 9am on Sunday.
Mr Morrison stepped into the car with his wife Jenny, mother Marion and mother-in-law Beth Warren before the vehicles exited through the front gate without stopping for the reporters waiting for him on the street.
Mr Morrison will not only hand over the reins of prime minister to Mr Albanese, but also step down as the leader of the Liberal Party following his election upset on Saturday night.
He will give the keys to Kirribilli House to Mr Albanese and likely return to his modest three-bedroom home in Port Hacking in Sydney’s south.
Scott Morrison has hidden away from the cameras the morning after he conceded defeat to Anthony Albanese
The outgoing prime minister made a quick escape from Kirribilli House in Sydney as he continues to reel from his election loss on Saturday night
His mother Marion appeared to remain in high spirits as she was spotted leaving the premises after staying overnight to console her son.
She chatted with security personnel waiting outside the front door.
Mr Morrison’s wife Jenny was seen sporting a pink jacket and blue jeans as she made a beeline from the front door to the car parked on the driveway.
Mr Albanese will become Australia’s 31st Prime Minister after winning at least nine seats from the Liberal Party, but may still need support from the Greens and independents to govern.
Speaking alongside his wife Jenny and two daughters to the Liberal faithful in Sydney on Saturday, Mr Morrison said: ‘Tonight, 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.
‘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, a Christian who prays every day, paid tribute to his family, saying: ‘I still believe in miracles as I always have.
Mr Morrison’s mother Marion was spotted leaving the premises early on Sunday morning after staying overnight to console her son
A car pulls up to Kirribilli House on Sunday morning after Scott Morrison conceded defeat to Anthony Albanese
Scott Morrison was nowhere to be seen as his mother Marion mingled with security personnel outside the premises on Sunday
‘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 will step down as Liberal leader at the next party meeting, with Defence Minister Peter Dutton favourite to take over.
A former tourism marketer before switching to politics, Mr Morrison was labeled the ‘accidental prime minister’ in 2018 when his government colleagues chose him to replace then-leader Malcolm Turnbull.
Mr Morrison sprung a major surprise by leading the coalition to victory in a 2019 election said to be unwinnable.
He has since been deeply criticized for dragging the chain on climate change and for not establishing a promised integrity and corruption watchdog overseeing national politicians.
Mr Morrison, a Christian who prays every day, paid tribute to his family, saying: ‘I still believe in miracles as I always have’
Mr Morrisonstruck a proud and defiant tone in defending his and his government´s record, focusing on the economy, his administration´s work to stop refugees coming to the country by boats, and on bolstering the nation´s defenses.
‘We hand over this country as a government in a stronger position than when we inherited it when we came to government (in 2013),’ he said on Saturday night.
‘Unemployment today is at the lowest level in 48 years,’ he said, referencing a rate of 3.9%.
‘Australians leaving school, leaving university, getting their trades, know they have the confidence of being out there and able to get a job and to be able to realize their aspirations, and that´s what I wish for them, that´s what I wish for this country,’ he said.