Scott Morrison

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  • Scott Morrison and family finally preparing to move back to the Sydney suburbs 
  • Family still in Kirribilli House five days after losing election to Anthony Albanese 
  • Nikki Durant, their pool cleaner, was living at Morrison home after floods 
  • She is busily tidying and cleaning the family home to be ready for their return
  • Neighbours said they were excited the ousted PM was returning to their street 
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Frantic preparations are underway for Scott Morrison and his family to return to their suburban home after his election defeat, with the flood victim who has been living there madly working to spruce up the property.

The defeated prime minister is still living in Kirribilli House with his wife Jenny and daughters Abbey and Lily five days after losing to Anthony Albanese – leading him to be dubbed ‘Squat’ Morrison.

Mr Morrison returned to the heritage-listed mansion in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Thursday morning, having been granted an extension to his stay.

Now without a full-time chauffeur, he drove himself through the fortified gates after dropping his children off at school on the other side of the city.

Though the Morrison family is in Kirribilli House for at least one more day, they are done with The Lodge in Canberra as moving vans finally arrived there on Thursday.

Meanwhile, his family home in Port Hacking, in Sydney’s south, is being tidied up in anticipation of the Morrison family moving back in.

Frantic preparations are underway for Scott Morrison and his family to return to their suburban home after his election defeat

Frantic preparations are underway for Scott Morrison and his family to return to their suburban home after his election defeat

Mr Morrison talks on the phone as he leaves Kirribilli House again on Thursday afternoon, perhaps to pick up his daughters from school

Mr Morrison talks on the phone as he leaves Kirribilli House again on Thursday afternoon, perhaps to pick up his daughters from school

Nikki Durant, their pool cleaner who was allowed to stay at the three-bedroom, two bathroom house after her own was destroyed by floods, was busily getting it ready.

While dropping off cleaning supplies, Ms Durant told Daily Mail Australia: ‘It’s a nice, modest little home and I love it.

‘I’m sure they’ll manage, they lived here before they can live here again. Maybe Kirribilli was too big!

‘I’d never actually met him (Mr Morrison) until yesterday. He’s a lovely man, he was very quiet and was on the phone for a bit.’

Ms Durant, 50, spent the day sweeping the driveway, mowing the lawns, cleaning out the fridge, washing all the bedding, and cleaning and tidying the house.

‘I’m going to leave them a nice orchid on the table as a gift, they have a few other plants around the house,’ she said.

Nikki Durant, their pool cleaner who was allowed to stay at the three-bedroom, two bathroom house after her own was destroyed by floods, was busily getting it ready on Thursday

Nikki Durant, their pool cleaner who was allowed to stay at the three-bedroom, two bathroom house after her own was destroyed by floods, was busily getting it ready on Thursday

Mrs Morrison said Ms Durant and her two sons, 19 and 21, (one of them pictured with her on Thursday) could stay until the election in late May. They are now cleaning for their arrival

Mrs Morrison said Ms Durant and her two sons, 19 and 21, (one of them pictured with her on Thursday) could stay until the election in late May. They are now cleaning for their arrival

Ms Durant planned to sell her pool cleaning business, named Sharkies as, like Mr Morrison, she is a huge Cronulla NRL fan, and move to Woodburn in the NSW northern rivers.

But four days after she moved into her new home, it was destroyed by the flood and she was made homeless with all her possessions gone.

She reached out to Mrs Morrison, whom she had chatted with a few times as they both worked in the backyard, and asked if she could help.

Mrs Morrison immediately said Ms Durant and her two sons, 19 and 21, could stay until the election in late May.

‘It was bloody awesome Scott and Jenny were able to help me out. I’ll hold what they did for me in my heart forever,’ she said.

Ms Durant, 50, spent the day sweeping the driveway, mowing the lawns, cleaning out the fridge, washing all the bedding, and cleaning and tidying the house

Ms Durant, 50, spent the day sweeping the driveway, mowing the lawns, cleaning out the fridge, washing all the bedding, and cleaning and tidying the house

Now without a full-time chauffeur, he drove himself through the fortified gates of Kirribilli House after dropping his children off at school on the other side of the city on Thursday

Now without a full-time chauffeur, he drove himself through the fortified gates of Kirribilli House after dropping his children off at school on the other side of the city on Thursday

The former PM finally returned to the Port Hacking house on Wednesday afternoon, where he briefly looked around and dropped off some items.

‘They’re just going about their business and probably reflecting on everything and needs a bit of space to enjoy being back in the Shire,’ Ms Durant said.

‘I reckon he’ll be down at the footy on Sunday, we’re playing the (Sydney) Roosters so it’s a big game and he’ll be cheering them on – he’s got a couple of flags inside.’

The Morrisons bought the Port Hacking home, which features polished floors and an unusual pine ceiling over the main living area, along with a pool, covering 696sqm, in July 2009 for $920,000.

It is several blocks away from Dolans Bay, west of Cronulla Beach, and across the water from Royal National Park, a popular camping and hiking area.

Houses around Cronulla now typically sell for more than $3 million.

The house features polished floors and an unusual pine ceiling over the main living area, along with a pool, covering 696sqm

 The house features polished floors and an unusual pine ceiling over the main living area, along with a pool, covering 696sqm

The pool in the backyard of Mr Morrison's Port Hacking home that Ms Durant cleaned

 The pool in the backyard of Mr Morrison’s Port Hacking home that Ms Durant cleaned

Prime Minister Scott Morrison with his wife Jenny Morrison and daughters Abbey (right) and Lily (left) at Government House in Canberra. His mother Marion Morrison is pictured far right

Prime Minister Scott Morrison with his wife Jenny Morrison and daughters Abbey (right) and Lily (left) at Government House in Canberra. His mother Marion Morrison is pictured far right

Ms Durant said the Morrisons’ actions, along with many others who helped after the flood, renewed her faith in humanity.

Friends came from as far as Sydney and Tweed Heads to her destroyed home in Woodburn, spending three weeks clearing out the mud, junking furniture and ripping out the kitchen so she could start to rebuild.

She said they were able to prevent mould growing by getting stuck in as soon as she was allowed back in after the floodwaters receded.

‘It wasn’t up to ScoMo to come up with a bottle of mould spray, but he did what he could here,’ she said.

‘I’m so lucky to have people who helped me out. Even though a lot of bad struff has happened, there’s been a lot of good stuff come out of it so I’m focusing on that.

‘Stuff like this makes me realise how beautiful people are and how much they care for me, and that means a lot.’

Mr Morrison returned to the heritage-listed mansion in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Thursday morning, having been granted an extension to his stay

Mr Morrison returned to the heritage-listed mansion in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Thursday morning, having been granted an extension to his stay

Morrisons harbour flood refugee

Nikki Durant, 50, planned to sell her pool cleaning business and move to Woodburn in the NSW northern rivers.

But four days after she moved into her new home, it was destroyed by the flood and she was made homeless with all her possessions gone.

She reached out to Mrs Morrison, whom she had chatted with a few times as they both worked in the backyard, and asked if she could help.

Mrs Morrison immediately said Ms Durant and her two sons, 19 and 21, could stay until the election in late May.

Ms Durant said the Morrisons’ actions, along with many others who helped after the flood, renewed her faith in humanity.

Friends came from as far as Sydney and Tweed Heads to her destroyed home in Woodburn, spending three weeks clearing out the mud, junking furniture and ripping out the kitchen so she could start to rebuild.

She said they were able to prevent mould growing by getting stuck in as soon as she was allowed back in after the floodwaters receded.

‘It wasn’t up to ScoMo to come up with a bottle of mould spray, but he did what he could here,’ she said.

Ms Durant joked that if her Woodburn home wasn’t ready for some time perhaps she could make the same phone call to Mr Albanese.

‘Maybe I’ll hit Albo up, I think he’s got about five houses, do you have his phone number?’ she laughed.

‘Maybe he’s got a pool too, or I can do the one at Kirribilli, I’ll bet there’s a nice one there.’

Mr Albanese lives in a modest home in Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner west, and owns several other investment properties – some on the same street as his home.

He was spotted picking up a newspaper in his pyjamas on Thursday morning hours after returning home from the Quad meeting in Japan.

Elsewhere on Mr Morrison’s street, the former PM’s return is the talk of the neighbourhood even among those who moved in after he went to Kirribilli.

Christine Rigava, his next-door neighbour, formed a close friendship with the couple through many chats over the fence and didn’t realise he was a politician for a year.

‘We know them well and we’re looking forward to having him home,’ she said.

‘They’re lovely, great neighbours and they’ve helped us out lots of times. It was quiet next door without them.’

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