Trevor MarshallC | The Associated Press
SYDNEY – Scott Morrison said his Conservative government had left Australia in a strong position, even as voters on Saturday punished him for his handling of issues including climate change and the pandemic, which has left centre-left Helped to bring the opposition back to power for the first time. a decade.
Morrison, 54, said he would step down as head of the Liberal Party – a senior member of the conservative coalition that had ruled since 2013 – after conceding defeat to the Labor Party and its leader, Anthony Albanese.
A former tourism marketer before joining politics, Morrison was labeled an “accidental prime minister” in 2018 when his government colleagues selected him to replace then-leader Malcolm Turnbull. Morrison made a big surprise by leading the coalition to victory in the 2019 election, which was described as unstoppable.
He has since been deeply criticized for dragging the series on climate change and overseeing a promised integrity and corruption oversight of national politicians.
For taking a vacation to Hawaii during Australia’s major bushfire crisis in the summer of 2019-20, for his government messing up the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program, and, most recently, for being on top during South Pacific neighbors He was also despised for that. The Solomon Islands forged a strategic partnership with China.
Morrison was widely condemned for her alleged lack of empathy regarding the treatment of women in Australian society, an issue that has drawn intense scrutiny through damaging revelations of sexual assault scandals that rocked the federal parliament. Analysts point to the region as the reason for such a strong vote for the so-called Teal Independents in Saturday’s election, the majority of whom were women.
Nevertheless, Morrison congratulated the Albanese, defending himself and his government’s record, focusing on the economy, his administration’s work to stop refugees coming into the country by boat, and the country’s security. To strengthen struck a proud and defiant tone.
“We entrust this country as a government in a stronger position than we inherited it when we came into government (in 2013),” Morrison told a gathering of Liberal supporters in Sydney late Saturday.
“Unemployment today is at the lowest level in 48 years,” he said, referring to the rate of 3.9%.
“Australians are leaving school, leaving university, getting their businesses, knowing they have the confidence to be there and to be able to get a job and realize their aspirations, and that’s what I want for them.” ‘That’s what I want in the country,'” he said.
“We leave the government, having secured our borders many years ago, and we leave the government to restore the security of our country,” he said, referring to the recently formed security coalition AUKUS. Also known as the United States and the United Kingdom.
Morrison also praised his government’s work on health issues, particularly mental health.
He said it was a “privilege to lead this great party and lead this great nation”, but that he, as leader, would “take responsibility for victory and defeat”.
“As a result, I will hand over the leadership in the next party room meeting to ensure that the party is taken forward under the new leadership,” he said.
“It is a night of despair… but it is also a time for coalition members and supporters across the country to hold their heads high. We have been a strong government. We have been a good government. Australia has grown stronger as a result of our efforts in these last three terms. ,