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Emotional Scott Morrison addresses his Sutherland church following election loss

Outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison has become emotional while addressing his church on Sunday morning.
While he remained composed during his concession speech on Saturday, Mr Morrison wiped away a tear when addressing the Sutherland Church in Sydney this morning.
“Jenny and I and the girls are very grateful to our church family here,” Mr Morrison said.
“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.
“Whether you’re a prime minister, a pastor, running a business, teaching in schools, working in the police force, it doesn’t matter. 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.”

“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 said.

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Mr Morrison then quoted the bible passage Habakkuk 3:17.
“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. I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
“May God bless Australia. May God bless our community. And may God continue to show his favour on this wonderful church family.”

Mr Albanese will be sworn in as the 31st prime minister of Australia on Monday.

Liberals’ post mortem begins as independents, Greens call for gender equality and climate action

The Liberal Party is coming to terms with last night’s election loss and several members have reflected on what went wrong.
While less than one in three Australians voted for the Labor Party, an even smaller amount voted for the Liberals.
Outgoing Finance Minister Simon Birmingham on Sunday said the Coalition could have taken climate change more seriously, and admitted the government is able to “go further” on its 2030 carbon reduction commitments.
“We need to make sure that Australians understand we acknowledge the science of climate change and some of us always have, but all of us must,” Mr Birmingham told the ABC.

“We acknowledge the need for Australia to play a leading role in action around the world and that we get our language as well as our policies right in that space.”

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Mr Birmingham also conceded that the Liberal Party needs to do better for women and gender equality.
“We need to make sure we win back many more of those professionals and especially Australian women,” Mr Birmingham said.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg also reflected on his party’s defeat and his likely defeat in the seat of Kooyong to independent candidate Monique Ryan.
“I am extremely proud of what I’ve been able to achieve as the member for Kooyong, both locally but also serving as the deputy leader of the Liberal Party and as the treasurer, most recently, for our great country,” Mr Frydenberg told the ABC.
“Australia faces some pretty significant challenges ahead, both from the economic and on the national security front. I wish my colleagues on both sides of the political aisle all the very best in navigating those challenges.

“I’ve always seen politics in the Menziean way, as a battle of ideas, not a clash of warring personalities, and I am proud of the friendships I have been able to develop not just on my side of the political aisle but on either side of the political aisle, and I thank those colleagues for sending very kind messages last night.”

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Mr Frydenberg didn’t blame outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison for the election loss, and said he showed “extraordinary leadership during extraordinary times”.
Former Liberal Party frontbencher Julie Bishop sat on Channel Nine’s election panel and put the change of government down to a failure of both major parties, rather than a win for Labor, due to the low primaries both received.
But she also said that the Coalition’s image towards women played a part in its downfall.
“Women did not see their concerns and interests reflected in a party led by Scott Morrison in coalition with Barnaby Joyce,” Ms Bishop said.
“We have no mention at this point of the impact of Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins, they changed the narrative when they exposed an ugly side to the workplace in Canberra. That resonated with women.”
Independent Allegra Spender, who has taken the Sydney seat of Wentworth from the Liberals’ Dave Sharma, said she would be a voice for the environment and business in parliament.
“This is about bringing the country together, with business, with community, with the environment and moving forward together,” she said.
“The country wants to have a political class that is accountable.”
The teal independents who ran in this year’s election were mostly women.
“It shows that you can’t ignore women anymore,” Ms Spender said.

Former moderate Liberal prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who received criticism from within his own party for discussing the advantages of the rise of independent candidates this election, is yet to comment on the Liberal’s loss.

Advocacy groups welcome change for climate, social and gender inequality

Environmental activists Greenpeace has welcomed the Labor government’s win over the Liberals, saying the “climate dinosaurs” are now “extinct”.
“We wouldn’t usually celebrate any extinction event, but we’re delighted to see the end of climate dinosaur policies on climate change,” CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific David Ritter said.
“Successive Coalition governments handed billions to the coal and gas industries while Australians battle worsening floods, fires and droughts, and our Pacific neighbours face existential climate threats.

“History will not remember them kindly. ”

Anglicare, an NGO that helps provide housing to disadvantaged Australians including children, welcomed the Albanese government.
“We support the new government’s focus on incomes and living costs, which are seeing record numbers of Australians do it tough,” Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers said.
“People out of work are on the lowest incomes of all, and we hope to work with the new government reform Centrelink payments so that they keep pace with the cost of living.
“We need action on the huge shortfall in social and affordable housing.
“We look forward to working with the new government, and the new crossbench, on each of these fronts.”
National LGBTIQ+ group, Equality Australia, responded to this weekend’s election result, saying that it’s clear voters across the country have rejected the “politics of division.”

“This election campaign, some have tried to divide the community, using the lives of one of the most marginalised groups of people in the country in a cynical attempt to win votes”, CEO of Equality Australia Anna Brown said.

“Politicians and commentators have spread ill-informed and alarmist views about trans people – particularly trans women and children – in an effort to undermine their ability to participate equally in our society and to wind back the hard-fought gains of the LGBTIQ+ community.
“But tonight’s result – particularly in Warringah – is a stunning rebuke of the politics of division, and another affirmation that the vast majority of the Australian community believes that every one of us, no matter who we are, whom we love, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Mr Albanese and Ms Wong will head to Japan on Monday to meet with US President Joe Biden at the Quad summit.

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