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Scott Morrison flees Kirribilli House after conceding defeat to Anthony Albanese in election

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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 in a three car convoy just before 9am on Sunday.

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.

He will hand over the keys to Kirribilli House to Mr Albanese and return to his home in Port Hacking, Sydney’s south. 

His mother Marion appeared to remain in high spirits as she was spotted leaving the premises after staying overnight to console her son.

Scott Morrison has hidden away from the cameras the morning after he conceded defeat to Anthony Albanese

Scott Morrison has hidden away from the cameras the morning after he conceded defeat to Anthony Albanese

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

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

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 

Mr Morrison's mother Marion was spotted leaving the premises early on Sunday morning after staying overnight to console her son

Mr Morrison's mother Marion was spotted leaving the premises early on Sunday morning after staying overnight to console her son

Mr Morrison’s mother Marion was spotted leaving the premises early on Sunday morning after staying overnight to console her son

She appeared to remain in high spirits as she chatted with security personnel waiting outside the front door.

She then helped to pack her overnight bags into a silver hatchback 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.

A car pulls up to Kirribilli House on Sunday morning after Scott Morrison conceded defeat to Anthony Albanese

A car pulls up to Kirribilli House on Sunday morning after Scott Morrison conceded defeat to Anthony Albanese

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

Scott Morrison was nowhere to be seen as his mother Marion mingled with security personnel outside the premises on Sunday

Scott Morrison was nowhere to be seen as his mother Marion mingled with security personnel outside the premises on Sunday

‘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.

‘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 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.

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