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Former prime minister Scott Morrison says he is “not dwelling” on the Coalition’s bruising federal election loss and instead will return to being a “quiet Australian”.

Morrison and his family will move back into their home in the Sutherland Shire after more than three years of calling Kirribilli House home.

In his first interview since Saturday’s defeat, Morrison told Ben Fordham on 2GB radio this morning “people have big adjustments happen in their lives all the time”.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is embraced by his wife Jenny during his address to a Liberal Party function in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Scott Morrison is embraced by his wife Jenny during his concession speech last Saturday. (AP Photo/Nazanin Tabatabaee)

“I’m going back to being a quiet Australian in the Shire,” Morrison said.

“I am looking forward to spending time back in my electorate of Cook.”

Morrison said he was already back to father duties, having dropped his daughters off at school this morning.

“I’m looking forward to being a dad again,” he said.

“Its been a while since I’ve been able to spend as much time as I would have liked with the family.”

Morrison told Fordham he’s “disappointed” by the loss but has no plans to retire as an MP.

“Of course I’m disappointed by the result, very disappointed for colleagues who won’t be coming back to the parliament,” he said.

The former PM said he had learned to “take the good with the bad”.

Outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison hugs his daughters Lily and Abbey.
Scott Morrison hugs his daughters Lily and Abbey. The former PM says he’s looking forward to family time as becomes an opposition MP. (AP)

“You can dwell on defeat or you can dwell on the things that led you to go and do what you did, and what you were able to do while you were there,” he said.

“It’s not the first time the Liberal Party has lost an election, that happens in various cycles and the party will regroup and focus again under new leadership and I look forward to giving that new leadership every support,” he said.

Morrison said serving as the prime minister has been an “incredible honour”.

“It has been a great honour and privilege and each and every day I’ve sought to give it everything that I’ve got and make the country safer and stronger, and with all the challenges that we faced during the pandemic, we went through an enormous amount, and I’m just so proud of Australians and what they’re able to achieve and how we’re able to assist them,” he said.

Morrison said the teal independents who swept a number of senior Coalition MPs from safe seats should be “held to account” for their promises.

“Those who were elected in those seats, well, they’ve made all sorts of big commitments about how they think they can change everything well we’ll just see, won’t we?” he said.

“They should be held to account for that.

“There was a whole bunch of promises and pledges not just about what was specifically said, you know, but how they said they would be able to change everything.

“They were very vicious and very brutal campaigns.

“Politics can be a tough and brutal business and I certainly know that.

“So I leave not with regrets but with a great sense of gratitude.”

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