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Australia PM Morrison defends record despite election loss

Added 05-21-22 06:11:01pm EST - “Prime Minister Morrison said he had left Australia in robust conditions but voters nevertheless punished him for his handling of climate change and the pandemic.” - Foxnews.com

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The former Brexit Party leader notes that Australia is still seeing thousands of new COVID cases despite high vaccination rates and strict lockdown policies.

Scott Morrison said his conservative government had left Australia in a robust condition, even as voters on Saturday punished him for his handling of issues including climate change and the pandemic that helped return the center-left opposition to power for the first time in almost a decade.

Morrison, 54, said he would step down as head of the Liberal party — the senior member of the conservative coalition that had ruled since 2013 — after conceding defeat to the Labor party and its leader Anthony Albanese. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gestures as his wife Jenny watches as he addresses a Liberal Party function in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, May 21, 2022. Morrison has conceded defeat and has confirmed that he would hand over the leadership of the Liberal Party following his party's loss to Labor in today's federal election.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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