Outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected claims he is responsible for his party’s loss at the election, saying federal elections had always been a states’ issue.
Asked whether he would take time to reflect on his role in the Coalition’s defeat, Morrison said, “I’m sorry, but I don’t accept the premise of your question. As the leader of the federal government I have nothing to do with federal elections, never have. Except in 2019 when I won. That was my totally responsibility then, of course.
“But the constitution is very clear on this. It’s not my job to ensure that the Coalition is re-elected to federal office, that’s a job for my colleagues in the various state governments around the country. Speak to Dan Andrews; speak to Mark McGowen. Maybe ask them if they’re willing to accept responsibility for this loss. Because it’s certainly got nothing to do with me”.