Scott Morrison has hosted a final social bash at the Prime Minister’s official residence after the Coalition was swept from power after nine years in power.
The outgoing Liberal leader was spotted dressed in a smart casual navy pullover and holding a cold one as he chatted with friends, family and staffers on the lawn at Kirribilli House in Sydney on Sunday afternoon.
Mr Morrison at one point in the festivities decided to crack a large whip on the rolling lawns as his wife of over 30 years Jenny delivered a tray of margaritas to the surprisingly jovial crowd.
Those standing outside the gates of Kirribilli House reported hearing large cheers as the prime minister enjoyed a final send-off attended by dozens of his friends, family and staffers.
Newshub reporter Emma Cropper tweeted guests were singing the Liberals’ ‘Dear Labor, There’s a Hole in your Budget’ ad, which aired widely on TV during the campaign and was criticised as ‘annoying’ by voters.
The ex-PM will have to move out of Kirribilli to make way for PM-elect Anthony Albanese who is expected to live there with long-term girlfriend Jodie Haydon, his son Nathan from a previous marriage and ‘First Dog’ Toto.
The Labor leader is expected to be sworn in by the Governor-General on Monday and appears on track to secure a majority of seats in the House of Representatives.
Earlier on Sunday, Mr Morrison gave his final speech as PM during a service at the Horizon Church in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, where he broke down while speaking about being ‘called’ to ‘trust and obey’.
Mr Morrison at one point in the festivities decided to crack a large whip on the rolling lawns (pictured) as his wife of over 30 years Jenny delivered a tray of margaritas to the suprisingly jovial crowd
Outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison enjoyed a cold drink as he chatted with staffers, friends, and family at a farewell social bash on the at Kirribilli House after losing the federal election (pictured)
‘Whether you’re a prime minister, a pastor, running a business, teaching in schools, working in the police force, it doesn’t matter,’ he told the congregation.
‘We’re each called to trust and obey. And that’s the life of faith He calls us to. That’s how we live our faith each and every day, regardless of what your job is, and to express it in how you do that.’
‘You’ve given us a great foundation from which we could walk what has been a very difficult walk, I’ve got to tell you, over the last four years.
‘I’m very pleased that the last thing I say as PM is here. So I’m not going to rely on my own words.’
He then picked up his phone and read a bible verse with the clearly emotional outgoing PM’s voice cracking as he wiped at his eyes.
Mr Morrison (pictured with guests on Sunday) made up some ground during the election campaign appearing to gain ground on Anthony Albanese but it wasn’t enough as voters went to the polls on Saturday
Guests pictured arriving at Kirribilli House on Sunday afternoon as Mr Morrison entertained guests
Mr Morrison had earlier on Sunday given a speech at Horizon Church in Sutherland before returning to Kirribilli House for the social gathering (pictured: guests arriving)
‘Even if the fig tree does not blossom, and there is no fruit on the vines, if the yield of the olive fails and if the fields produce no food, even if the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, yet I will triumph in the Lord,’ Mr Morrison read.
‘I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.’
He then continued on reading a passage from the book of Micah.
‘As for me, I will be on the watch for the Lord. I will wait for the God of my salvation,’ he quoted.
‘My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, enemy of mine. Though I fall, I will rise. Though I live in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.’
Mr Morrison added: ‘May God bless Australia. May God bless our community. And may God continue to show his favour on this wonderful church family.’
The crowd applauded as he left the stage.
Kirribilli (pictured on Sunday) is the Prime Minister’s official residence in Sydney with a second in Canberra known as The Lodge
Scott Morrison’s staff and their guests began arriving on Sunday afternoon (pictured) for the party
Former Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce was re-elected to his seat of New England but will his role as leader of the Nationals is up for debate.
The final result has been projected as 77 for Labor, 59 for the coalition and 15 on the crossbench.
Liberal frontbencher Jane Hume said the best result would be a majority parliament.
Teal Independent Monique Ryan, who is on track to seize the seat of Kooyong from outgoing Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, said voters had responded to a Coalition government shifting ‘too far to the right’.
‘It has been dragged to the right by the Nationals … and it is no longer representing the Liberal heartland,’ Dr Ryan said.
Mr Morrison (pictured at the sociakl gathering on Sunday) will also step down as leader of the Liberal Party with likely successor Josh Frydenberg looking as though he could lose his seat of Kooyong in Melbourne
The Morrison’s returned to Kirribilli House on Sunday after the election (pictured: Mr Morrison and wife Jenny on Sunday morning)
Moderate Liberal and outgoing minister Simon Birmingham said the party needed to step up its 2030 emissions target and do more to preselect women in safe seats.
The Greens, having secured a record primary vote, are on track to hold 12 Senate seats in the new parliament and up to five lower house seats.
‘The greenslide is set to grow in the coming days – people have delivered a mandate for action on climate and inequality,’ leader Adam Bandt said.
New Prime Minister Mr Albanese spent his Sunday morning also in his own electorate of Grayndler in Sydney’s Inner West.
He along with partner Jodie Haydon and cavoodle Toto visited a cafe at the Marrickville Library where the popular local member was mobbed by a crowd of excited residents.
The new PM opted for a hot coffee to battle the chilly 16C weather.
Newly elected PM Anthony Albanese spent his Sunday morning in Marrickville with a hot coffee, partner Jodie Haydon and ‘First Dog’ Toto (pictured)
‘It was a big moment last night, a really big moment,’ he told reporters.
‘A big moment in my life, but what I want it to be is a big moment for the country. I do want to change the country. I want to change the way that politics operates in this country.’
Official figures from the Australian Electoral Commission have Labor on 74 seats in the House of Representatives – two short of a majority – but the party is projected to hold as many as 77.
The Liberal-National coalition held 52 seats, with Scott Morrison set to stand down from the Liberal Party leadership once a party room meeting can be scheduled.
Outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison wiped away in tears as he addressed his church (pictured) earlier on Sunday
He is widely expected to be replaced by outgoing defence minister Peter Dutton, but Mr Dutton may face resistance from moderates in the party.
Mr Albanese and Senator Wong will travel to Tokyo on Monday for the Quad meeting with the leaders of the US, India and Japan, as well as bilateral meetings.
He will return to Australia on Wednesday when he plans to ‘get down to business’.
One of the first major events will be a meeting with state premiers and territory chief ministers when he will set out the new federal government’s stance on more ambitious climate action.