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The Hon. Scott Morrison MP – Statement regarding departure from Parliament – 23 January 2024

                                                                                                 Hon. Scott Morrison MP

                                                                                             Federal Member for Cook

                                                                                                              30th Prime Minister of Australia


                                                                              FORMER PM MORRISON TO LEAVE PARLIAMENT AT END OF FEBRUARY 


Former Prime Minister and Member for Cook, Hon. Scott Morrison MP, will leave Australia’s Federal Parliament at the end February 2024.


Mr Morrison said “after having served in the parliament for more than sixteen years, including almost 4 years as Prime Minister during a very challenging time for our country, now is the time to move on and enable a new member to be elected who can bring fresh energy and a long term commitment to serving our local community in this role”.


Mr Morrison said he was looking forward to new challenges and that he would be taking up a series of global strategic advisory roles and private boards, focussed on the US and Indo-Pacific, drawing on his experience and networks in the region, in particular through AUKUS and the Quad, while spending more time with his family in the Shire.


Mr Morrison said “my family have sacrificed a great deal to support my service to our country and local community as a member of parliament, Minister and Prime Minister. I am grateful for their support, but the time has come for me to return to private life and support my family to pursue their goals and for us to spend more time together as a family. I am also looking forward to being more active in my Church community, outside the constraints of public office”.


Mr Morrison said “It has been my great privilege to represent the wonderful people of Cook for more than sixteen years in our federal parliament. The decision to leave is always a difficult one when you have been doing something you love and feel passionate about. However, I believe the timing is now right to move on to a new season with my family and take on fresh challenges.


“I am very pleased with what I have been able to accomplish as a member of Parliament, Minister and Prime Minister.  I am also pleased to see how the Coalition has been able to move forward in Opposition after the last election, maintain the stability and unity we were able to achieve in Government during my leadership with Josh Frydenberg and is performing well under Peter Dutton’s leadership.


“I am thankful to all those who supported me in what we were able to achieve in Government, from the early days of stopping the boats to delivering tax cuts for individuals (stages 1,2 & 3) and small business, leading Australia successfully through the global pandemic, saving lives and livelihoods, and delivering AUKUS, the single most significant defence agreement in seventy years.


“There will be time later to speak of these achievements and thank everyone involved, including my parliamentary colleagues, when I leave the parliament. Today, my priority is to express my deep gratitude to my community and my family for supporting me to do this job for as long as I have. It has been an honour”.


Mr Morrison said “as the local member for Cook, I have always been guided by the strong local values of family, community and enterprise, that make the Shire and southern Sydney such a great place to live and raise a family.


“This is a community that is unashamedly proud of our country, works hard, takes responsibility for itself and is generous to those around them, providing a hand up whenever and wherever it is needed’, Mr Morrison said.


Mr Morrison said “Jenny and I are deeply thankful to our community for the faith and trust they have placed in me as their local member of parliament over these many years.


“Following the last election, I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to return to our family home in the Shire and my work as a local MP in the Cook electorate. During this time, I have particularly welcomed the opportunity to express my gratitude for the extraordinary support my community afforded to me to serve in the federal parliament, including at the highest level, as we successfully contended with some of Australia’s greatest challenges since the second world war.’


“I particularly thank the myriad of community organisations, sporting clubs, school communities, volunteers, small businesses, church and charitable groups that make our local community so great and so resilient. They are the heart and soul of our community. I have always seen a key part of my role as local member to support and enable them in their efforts.


“At a local level, we have been able to deliver new and upgraded sport and community infrastructure, such as the major upgrades to our local surf clubs and the new artistic installations and visitor facilities being provided at Cook’s landing site at Kurnell. We have also delivered ongoing funding and support for community and sporting organisations and local small businesses and manufacturers through numerous grants programmes as well help countless constituents in need.


“Championing the delivery of a second airport at Badgerys Creek by my Government, was a major win for local residents dealing with aircraft noise, especially at Kurnell. We also managed to keep the pressure on Airservices Australia to ensure the curfew and cap at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport remained in place.


“I will also always be very proud of the work we did through our annual Cook Community Classic that has privately raised more than $1.7 million for local groups and charities as well as our annual Cook Community Awards that has recognised over 600 selfless volunteers for their tireless work, who are the real heroes of our community”, Mr Morrison said.


Mr Morrison said “despite serving in senior national roles, I have always maintained a strong local focus as a member of parliament, with great support from my local electorate office team. To this end I am very grateful to all the staff in my local electorate office, especially Meredith Laverty, Julie Adams and Angela Martin, who have led this team over the years.


“I am also very grateful to my local Liberal Party members and supporters for their generous and dedicated service to our shared political cause over many years, including local Party conference chairs Michael Douglas and Scott Briggs, and a special mention for the tireless Rhonda Holt. I also thank my local Liberal parliamentary and council colleagues, Jenny Ware, David Coleman, Mark Speakman, Eleni Petinos, and Carmelo Pesce”.


Mr Morrison said “I have made this announcement about my parliamentary departure today to give my Party time to engage in a proper and inclusive process to select a new candidate for the Liberal Party in Cook. I hope to see, and invite, a strong field of candidates to bring their experience, passion and dedication to our community, to the job. I look forward to supporting that successful candidate in their local campaign, along with our Party Leader Peter Dutton and his deputy Sussan Ley who are doing a great job holding the Albanese Labor Government to account, and providing a clear alternative to lead Australia forward.”


Mr Morrison was first elected to Australia’s federal parliament as the Member for Cook in November 2007, representing Sydney’s Sutherland Shire and has been successfully re-elected to the Parliament at five subsequent general elections. Between 2013 and 2022, Mr Morrison held the office of Minister as Prime Minister, Minister for the Public Service, Treasurer, Minister for Social Services and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.


Mr Morrison also held prominent Shadow Portfolios as a member of the Opposition front bench from 2008 until the election of the Abbott Coalition Government in 2013 in Housing, Local Government, Infrastructure, Productivity, Population and Immigration. 


Mr Morrison continues to live in the Sutherland Shire with his wife Jenny and their two teenage girls, where they attend Horizon Church at Sutherland. Mr Morrison has been married to his wife Jenny for 34 years.