Scott Morrison concedes election, steps down as leader

Speaking at a function in Sydney, Morrison said that as leader of the party he takes responsibility for its “gains and losses” and that he was proud of the policies he implemented while in government.

He said he would hand over leadership at the next party room meeting, as that would be “the appropriate thing to do.”

Scott Morrison’s emotion is shown as he concedes the loss to Anthony Albanese. (Getty)

“On a night like this it is appropriate to acknowledge the workings of our democracy,” Morrison said.

“I have always believed in the Australians and their judgment and I have always been prepared to accept their verdicts and tonight they have delivered their verdict.

“I congratulate Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party and I wish him and the Labor Party and I wish him and his government all the best.”

Scott Morrison hugs his daughters Lily and Abbey at a Liberal Party function in Sydney. (AP)

He said the COVID-19 pandemic has “taken a heavy toll” on Australia, but said he “still believes in miracles”.

“There is another great miracle that I want to give thanks for tonight and that is the miracle of the Australian people,” he said.

“What Australians have endured in recent years has shown tremendous depth of character, resilience and strength, and each and every day I have had the great privilege of leading this nation for the past three-and-a-half years.

“And the one thing I’ve always counted on has been the strength, resilience and character of the Australian people.”

A photo showing the size of the huge Australian flag behind Scott Morrison as he heads to the Liberal Party function with his wife Jenny and daughters Lily and Abbey at his side. (AP)

Morrison said that while the resounding election defeat was a “difficult time” for supporters of the Liberals and Nationals, he had no doubt Australia is stronger as a result of his leadership.

“Tonight is a night of disappointment for Liberals and Nationals, but it is also a time for Coalition members and supporters across the country to hold their heads high,” he said.

“We have been a strong government. We have been a strong government. We have been a good government.

“Australia is stronger as a result of our efforts over these last three terms.”

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