Saturday 21 May 2022 02:31 PM Australia election 2022: Scott Morrison concedes defeat trends now

Saturday 21 May 2022 02:31 PM Australia election 2022: Scott Morrison concedes defeat trends now
Saturday 21 May 2022 02:31 PM Australia election 2022: Scott Morrison concedes defeat trends now

Saturday 21 May 2022 02:31 PM Australia election 2022: Scott Morrison concedes defeat trends now

Scott Morrison has delivered a concession speech to devastated Liberal supporters after calling Anthony Albanese to congratulate him on Labor winning power for the first time since 2013.

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, 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.' 

Scott Morrison has delivered a concession speech to devastated Liberal supporters after calling Anthony Albanese to concede

Scott Morrison has delivered a concession speech to devastated Liberal supporters after calling Anthony Albanese to concede

'I have always believed in Australians and their judgement and I've always been prepared to accept their verdicts,' Mr Morrison said

'I have always believed in Australians and their judgement and I've always been prepared to accept their verdicts,' Mr Morrison said

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. 

There were jubilant scenes at Labor headquarters in Sydney after the party won from Opposition for only the fourth time since World War II.

The teal independents - funded by multi-millionaire climate investor Simon Holmes a Court - decimated the Coalition in Sydney and Melbourne while the Greens also won a seat in Brisbane from the Liberals who suffered an 11 per cent collapse in their primary vote. 

Nationally there was a two-party swing of 2.3 per cent from Liberal to Labor with nine Coalition seats looking set to switch to the ALP, including Chisholm and Higgins in Melbourne, Boothby in South Australia, Reid in Sydney and Robertson on the NSW Central Coast.

Labor supporters cheered as they celebrated winning power for the first time since losing in 2013

Labor supporters cheered as they celebrated winning power for the first time since losing in 2013

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's supporters gathered as it looked likely he would lose his seats in a bloodbath for the Liberals

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's supporters gathered as it looked likely he would lose his seats in a bloodbath for the Liberals

There were jubilant scenes at Labor headquarters in Sydney after the party won from Opposition for only the fourth time since World War II

There were jubilant scenes at Labor headquarters in Sydney after the party won from Opposition for only the fourth time since World War II 

Nationally there was a two-party swing of 2.3 per cent from Liberal to Labor. Pictured: Labor headquarters in Sydney

Nationally there was a two-party swing of 2.3 per cent from Liberal to Labor. Pictured: Labor headquarters in Sydney

Hundreds of Labor supporters cheered as the results looked good for the ALP, with Scott Morrison losing power

Hundreds of Labor supporters cheered as the results looked good for the ALP, with Scott Morrison losing power

There was a massive swing against the Liberals in Western Australia with the seats of Swan, Pearce, Hasluck and Tangney - which had a big 11 per cent margin - turning red.

The independents have won at least three Liberal seats, so far picking up North Sydney, Mackellar and Goldstein and are ahead in several others.

Independent Dai Le beat ALP heavyweight Kristina Keneally in the formerly safe Labor seat of Fowler. 

The Greens have won the Brisbane seat of Ryan from the Liberals, with a two per cent boost in their national vote to 12 per cent.

Liberal heavyweight Josh Frydenberg has all but conceded to independent Monique Ryan although Peter Dutton appears to have fended off a challenge from Labor's Ali France.

'Maybe after tonight I get a bit more time to try and be the most extraordinary dad,' Mr Frydenberg said. 

The Treasurer talked up his achievements in Government including saving 800,000 jobs with the JobKeeper wage subsidy during the Covid-19 pandemic and seeing the unemployment rate drop to 3.9 per cent. 

'To be the deputy leader of our party has been an enormous privilege,' he said.

Mr Frydenberg paid tribute to Mr Morrison, saying he is a 'person of great decency, a person who loves his family, a person who is of deep faith and a person who has shown extraordinary leadership in extraordinary times. 

He added: 'So I thank Scott Morrison for what he has done for our country to leave Australia in a stronger position than when he found it.' 

Labor supporters watch early election results at a reception at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney

Labor supporters watch early election results at a reception at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney

Supporters celebrate as initial results come in for WA at the election party for Zaneta Mascarenhas, Labor candidate for Swan

Supporters celebrate as initial results come in for WA at the election party for Zaneta Mascarenhas, Labor candidate for Swan

Independent Dr Monique Ryan is greeted by her supporters (pictured) at the Auburn Hotel, in the seat of Kooyong, Melbourne

Independent Dr Monique Ryan is greeted by her supporters (pictured) at the Auburn Hotel, in the seat of Kooyong, Melbourne

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters (left) and Senate candidate Penny Allman-Payne react to favourable election results. The Greens may win two seats in Brisbane

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters (left) and Senate candidate Penny Allman-Payne react to favourable election results. The Greens may win two seats in Brisbane

Liberal heavyweight Josh Frydenberg (pictured) has all but conceded to independent Monique Ryan

Liberal heavyweight Josh Frydenberg (pictured) has all but conceded to independent Monique Ryan

Peter Dutton managed to hold on to his seat of Dickson in Brisbane. He is pictured with his son and wife

Peter Dutton managed to hold on to his seat of Dickson in Brisbane. He is pictured with his son and wife

'Teal' independent Zali Steggall held on to Warringah under challenge from Liberal women's sport campaigner Katherine Deves. 

'The feedback very much was people are really frustrated,' Steggall told the ABC.

'Cost of living issues but also climate change simply did not feature in the policies and platforms from the major parties.' 

North Sydney Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman has conceded, with independent Kylea Tink well ahead with a massive 14 per cent swing.

Independent Allegra Spender is ahead of Liberal Dave Sharma in Wentworth and independent Zoe Daniel has dethroned Liberal Tim Wilson in Goldstein.

Liberal Jason Falinski has lost his Sydney seat of Mackellar to independent Sophie Scamps. 

The ABC has so far called 51 seats for the Coalition, 72 for Labor and 10 for others. A total of 76 is required for a majority Government.

Former NSW minister Andrew Constance was ahead of Labor in Gilmore. The Labor seat on the NSW south coast is seen as a must-win for the Coalition. The Liberals looked set to hold the crucial Tasmanian seats of Bass and Braddon.

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