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In case you haven’t been watching the news this weekend because it does nothing but scare you and make you angry about things that actually don’t affect your life, it is worth noting that the Australian government has changed hands.
Shortly before 11pm last night, Mr Morrison appeared before his supporters to confirm he had rung Labor leader Anthony Albanese to concede his defeat at the 2022 Federal Election.
“Tonight I’ve spoken to the leader of the opposition and the incoming PM, Anthony Albanese, and congratulated him on his victory this evening,” he said.
“As a result, I will be handing over the leadership at the next party-room meeting to ensure that the party can be taken forward under new leadership, which is the appropriate thing to do,” he said.
As someone who the entire Australian media landscape had tipped to lead Australia as Prime Minister for the next 40 years, this news has rocked both Scott Morrison and all of his cheerleaders at the major news networks.
The surprisingly big swing to Labor in Western Australia dashed any chances that Scotty From Marketing had at forming government almost immediately after their polls closed.
However, it was losing over 5 heartland Liberal seats to progressive independents that has put the fear of God back into the Liberal Party, as it becomes clear to them that bullying gay kids and text voters exaggerated stories about asylum seeker boats isn’t the best strategy to take into a re-election campaign.
While Morrison’s vote remained strong in the aspirational suburbs that he has spent his career marketing himself to, it was the affluent coastal seats like his hometown Wentworth electorate that spells trouble for the future of the LNP.
It seems while Morrison was busy appealing to the Quiet Australians with his daggy suburban dad cosplay, the party may have lost the support of the rounded-vowel elites in the parts of Sydney that he used to frequent before he moved to Cronulla and sought pre-selection in 2007.
This is an unfortunate result for both the party and these once rusted-on moderate voters. Especially now that Scott Morrison has finally given himself permission to live his truth, and stop pretending to be something other than a soft-handed Eastern suburbs toff.
Having stood down as leader of the party, the only silver lining Morrison can take from this election loss is the fact that he never has to dress up in those ugly guernseys and pretend to enjoy that heathen working class game of rugby league.