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Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison seems to be digging his heels in as he is yet to move out of Kirribilli House.
Morrison was defeated at the federal election nearly two weeks ago, with protocol stating he’s only got a couple more days to move out.
Kirribilli House is now home to Anthony Albanese after he was elected as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister, but he may find an unwanted squatter in there if he attempts to move in any time soon.
Scott and his wife Jenny, along with their two daughters are planning on moving back to their home in the Sutherland Shire; however, it’s not quite ready for them to move into yet.
Morrison is currently giving the house a new lick of paint and a bit of a tidy up, hence his extended stay in the Sydney Harbour mansion, according to News.com.au.
Scott Morrison took to Facebook following his election defeat to outline his eagerness in ‘returning to the Shire’; however, he is yet to do so.
His extended layover is soon approaching the record that John Howard famously set, taking over 16 days to even begin the process of moving out of the house.
ScoMo’s reluctance to leave his home of almost four years has earned him the name ‘Squat Morrison’ and has caused a stir on social media.
One user tweeted: “The year is 2024. It is day 723 of Scott’s illegal occupation of Kirribilli House.
“The reclusive former PM has now barricaded himself within a poorly-made chicken coop. Eating only curry, he drinks water from a hose that Jenny holds for him.”
The year is 2024. It is day 723 of Scott’s illegal occupation of Kirribilli House. The reclusive former PM has now barricaded himself within a poorly-made chicken coop. Eating only curry, he drinks water from a hose that Jenny holds for him. #SquatMorrison— Colin Tucker (@colintucker) June 1, 2022
While one Twitter user said: “Every day Morrison overstays his welcome at Kirribilli House is a slap in the face to the Australian people. He is now bludging on the taxpayer big time enjoying the trappings of office.”
Meanwhile, another user seemingly summed up why people were up in arms about ScoMo sticking around.
They said: “This is not about what the Morrisons need or want, or what Albanese permits or agrees to.
“It's about what the Australian people view as a public asset and its appropriate use. It's symbolic.”
This is not about what the Morrisons need or want, or what Albanese permits or agrees to. It's about what the Australia people view as a public asset and it's appropriate use. It's symbolic. It's like giving a perpendicular digit to the people re election result. #SquatMorrison— Anita White (@RealAnitaWhite) May 31, 2022
A spokesperson for Morrison told NCA NewsWire: “(He’s) in the process of moving out.
“There’s two weeks you have to move out. That’s protocol. So there’s no delay.”
For some, two weeks seems to not be soon enough.
Following his defeat, Morrison confirmed he would stay in the parliamentary backbench as the member for the seat of Cook.