Scott Morrison hosted a final social evening at the Prime Minister’s official residence after the Coalition was forced from power after nine years in power.
The outgoing Liberal leader was spotted wearing a smart casual navy jumper and holding a chill as he chatted with friends, family and staff on the lawn at Kirribilli House in Sydney Sunday afternoon.
At one point during the festivities, Mr Morrison decided to crack a big whip on the rolling lawns as his wife of over 30, Jenny, delivered a platter of margaritas to the surprisingly jovial crowd.
Those standing outside the gates of Kirribilli House said they heard loud cheers as the Prime Minister enjoyed a final send-off attended by dozens of his friends, family and staff.
Newshub reporter Emma Cropper tweeted that guests were singing along to the Liberals’ ‘Dear Labour, there’s a hole in your budget’ ad, which was widely broadcast on TV during the campaign and was criticized as ‘ boring” by voters.
The former prime minister will have to leave Kirribilli to make way for elected prime minister Anthony Albanese, who is expected to live there with his longtime girlfriend Jodie Haydon, his son Nathan from a previous marriage and “First Dog” Toto.
The Labor leader is due to be sworn in by the Governor-General on Monday and looks set to secure a majority of seats in the House of Representatives.
Earlier on Sunday, Mr Morrison gave his final speech as Prime Minister at a service at Horizon Church in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, where he broke down as he spoke of being ‘called’ to ‘ trust and obey”.
At one point during the festivities, Mr Morrison decided to crack a big whip across the rolling lawns (pictured) as his wife of over 30, Jenny, delivered a platter of margaritas to the surprisingly jovial crowd
Outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison enjoyed a cold drink while chatting with staff, friends and family during a farewell party 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, it doesn’t matter,” he told the congregation.
“We are all called to trust and obey. And it is the life of faith to which He calls us. It’s how we live our faith every day, whatever your job, and express it in the way you do it.
“You gave us a great base from which to walk what has been a very difficult walk, I have to tell you, over the last four years.
“I’m very happy that the last thing I say as Prime Minister is here, so I’m not going to trust my own words.
He then picked up his phone and read a Bible verse in the clearly emotive voice of the outgoing PM as he wiped his eyes.
Mr Morrison (pictured with guests on Sunday) gained ground during the election campaign, appearing to gain ground over Anthony Albanese, but that was not enough as voters went to the polls on Saturday
Guests pictured arriving at Kirribilli House on Sunday afternoon as Mr Morrison entertained guests
Earlier on Sunday, Mr Morrison gave 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 flower and there is no fruit on the vines, if the yield of the olive tree is low and if the fields do not produce food, even if the herd is cut off from the sheepfold and there are no cattle in the stalls, but I will triumph in the Lord,” read Mr. Morrison.
‘I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.’
He then went on to read a passage from the Book of Micah.
“As for me, I will watch over the Lord. I will wait for the God of my salvation,” he quoted.
“My God will hear me. Do not rejoice for me, my enemy. Even if I fall, I will get up. Although I live in darkness, the Lord is a light to me.’
Mr Morrison added: ‘God bless Australia. May God bless our community. And may God continue to show favor to this wonderful church family.
The crowd cheered as he exited 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 staff and their guests began arriving on Sunday afternoon (pictured) for the party
Former deputy premier Barnaby Joyce was re-elected to his New England seat, but his role as leader of the Nationals is up for debate.
The end result was projected as 77 for Labour, 59 for the coalition and 15 on the cross bench.
Liberal MP Jane Hume said the best outcome would be a majority parliament.
Teal Independent Monique Ryan, who is set to seize the Kooyong seat from incumbent treasurer Josh Frydenberg, said voters reacted to a coalition government that moved “too far right”.
“He’s been dragged to the right by the Nationals…and he no longer represents the liberal heart,” Dr Ryan said.
Mr Morrison (pictured at the sociakl rally on Sunday) will also step down as leader of the Liberal Party, with his likely successor Josh Frydenberg looking set to lose his Kooyong seat in Melbourne
The Morrisons returned to Kirribilli House on Sunday after the election (pictured: Mr Morrison and his wife Jenny on Sunday morning)
Moderate Liberal and incumbent minister Simon Birmingham said the party must raise its 2030 emissions target and do more to shortlist women into safe seats.
The Greens, having secured a record vote in the primary, are on track to hold 12 Senate seats in the new parliament and up to five seats in the lower house.
“The green slide is expected to get worse in the coming days – people have given a mandate for action on climate and inequality,” said leader Adam Bandt.
The new Prime Minister, Mr Albanese, also spent his Sunday morning in his own constituency of Grayndler, in Sydney’s Inner West.
He and his partner Jodie Haydon and cavoodle Toto visited a café at the Marrickville library where the popular local member was mobbed by a crowd of excited residents.
The new Prime Minister opted for a hot coffee to combat the chilly 16C weather.
Newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese spent his Sunday morning in Marrickville with a hot coffee, his partner Jodie Haydon and ‘First Dog’ Toto (pictured)
“It was a great moment last night, a really great moment,” he told reporters.
“A great moment in my life, but what I want is a great moment for the country. I want to change the country. I want to change the way politics works in this country.
Official figures from the Australian Electoral Commission have Labor in 74 seats in the House of Representatives – two less than a majority – but the party is expected to hold up to 77.
The Liberal-National coalition held 52 seats, with Scott Morrison set to step down from the Liberal Party leadership once a village hall meeting can be scheduled.
Outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison wiped away tears as he addressed his church (pictured) earlier on Sunday
He is widely expected to be replaced by outgoing defense minister Peter Dutton, but Mr Dutton could face resistance from party moderates.
Mr. Albanese and Senator Wong will travel to Tokyo on Monday for the Quad meeting with the leaders of the United States, 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 territorial chief ministers where he will outline the new federal government’s position on more ambitious climate action.