Anthony Albanese spent the final day of his weekend taking his dog Toto for a walk before heading out on a romantic date with his girlfriend Jodie Haydon as he waits for Scott Morrison to move out of Kirribilli House.
The prime minister was spotted taking a stroll near his Marrickville home, in Sydney’s inner west, on Sunday morning after arriving back from the Quad Summit in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Opting for a casual jersey and jeans for the walk, the PM then went home and changed into a dapper suit to take Ms Haydon to the Belvoir Street Theatre to watch Wayside Bride.
Meanwhile, Mr Morrison was got into his car at Kirribilli House – the second official residence of the prime minister after The Lodge in Canberra – to head to Horizon Church in the Sutherland Shire for the 9.30am service.
Anthony Albanese was all smiles as he headed out for a walk with his beloved cavoodle Toto in Sydney’s inner west on Sunday
A campaign board erected on the street for Mr Albanese in the lead up to the election appeared to catch his eye as he walked past
The PM appeared relaxed as he strolled through his local neighbourhood, wearing a Rabbitohs jersey, jeans, and joggers
He at one stage let Toto off the lead to enjoy the surrounds as they walked through Marrickville Golf Course
Mr Morrison returned back to the heritage-listed mansion about 3.10pm, chatting with security, patting his dog, and hugging one of his daughter’s before heading inside.
Despite being dethroned more than a week ago, the Morrisons have remained at the harbourside mansion and are yet to hand the keys over to Mr Albanese, who is now the rightful tenant.
Nikki Durant, the Morrisons’ pool cleaner, said she left their modest three-bedroom home in Port Hacking in Sydney’s south on Friday after moving in earlier this year with her two adult sons when their northern rivers’ home was destroyed by floods.
Ms Durant said she was not sure when the Morrisons would be moving back into their home as they had renovation plans.
‘I’ve met Scott a couple of times, he’s a lovely man,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
At one point, Mr Albanese took a phone call while Toto trotted behind him, soaking up their outing in the park
Mr Albanese appeared relaxed as he took a phone call while he enjoyed the sunny weather on Sunday morning
Mr Albanese speaks to a member of his team as the pair walked towards his home in Marrickville with Toto
‘I left Friday around lunchtime, but I didn’t get to speak to them really because I was busy packing and moving out.
‘I think they are doing some renovations before they move back in. I know they are considering painting.’
Before his walk, Mr Albanese had a quick meeting with fellow MP Tony Burke.
The Rabbitohs fan then returned home, donned his favourite team’s jersey, some jeans, and joggers, and took Toto on an outing through local parks.
At one point, the PM took a phone call as he walked through Marrickville Golf Course while his white cavoodle trotted alongside him.
Australia’s new first lady looked very stylish as she stepped out in a rust-coloured dress and brown boots on Sunday
Ms Haydon smiles as a member of Mr Albanese’s team opens the back of a car to allow her to get inside
A member of Mr Albanese opens the back door of a white sedan to allow Ms Hayden to exit as they arrive at the theatre
The couple were accompanied by security as they walked towards Belvoir Street Theatre, in Surry Hills, where they spent the afternoon watching Wayside Bride
After returning home and swapping outfits, Mr Albanese emerged in a blue suit while Ms Haydon stunned in a rust-coloured long-sleeved wrap dress and long brown boots.
A staffer opened the door to a white sedan to allow Ms Hayden to enter and take a seat before he drove the couple to the theatre.
The sighting comes after Mr Albanese threw on a white shirt, blue shorts and his favoured white Rabbitohs cap to play tennis at the Marrickville Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday.
The Grayndler MP displayed decent technique as he served and moved freely about the court during a game of doubles in the Sydney Badge Tennis Competition, stopping occasionally to take phone calls on a courtside seat.
He has competed in several competitions for the club in the past, wearing their official shirt while playing in relatively low grade games.
Scott Morrison looked pensive as he left Kirribilli House on Sunday morning in his own car to drive go to church
The former PM wore brown pants, brown boots, and a buttoned shirt as he headed to Sutherland Shire, where his parish, Horizon, is located
Mr Morrison looked downcast as he left the harbourside mansion in his dark volkswagen, with sources saying it still may be some time before the family move back to their modest three-bedroom home
Mr Albanese shares a love for sports with former prime ministers including John Howard who took regular walks and Tony Abbott who went swimming in his downtime.
Since returning from the important Quad meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, Mr Albanese has appeared to be running the country from his humble home in Marrickville as he awaits Mr Morrison’s departure from Kirribilli House.
The inner west local has been spotted collecting the newspaper in his pyjamas twice in the past week, while on Friday he welcomed senior government officials to his home including Stephanie Foster, the new Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
On Saturday, it appeared Mr Morrison was finally making the move out of Kirribilli House after he was seen departing the residence with one of his daughters.
However, that appeared to not be the case after the family were seen there again on Sunday – eight days since he lost the federal election.
He appeared to be in a serious mood as he stopped and talked to a member of his security team out the front of the residence
Mr Morrison hugged his daughter Abbey by his car after returning to the premises before going inside
Mr Morrison pointed a finger in the air at one point during his serious conversation with his security personnel
Mr Albanese was sworn in as the new prime minister on Monday and wasted no time acting on his duties when he flew out for the Quad meeting in Tokyo where he met US president Joe Biden.
The prime minister was also quick to dispatch Foreign Minister Penny Wong to Fiji in her first week on the job to show the new government’s attention to the Pacific Islands.
‘We need to respond to this because this is China seeking to increase its influence in the region of the world where Australia has been the security partner of choice since the Second World War,’ Mr Albanese said.
Mr Albanese said that ‘Australia dropped the ball’ in its relations with the islands, largely over Mr Morrison’s stance climate change, and pledged to reengage with them.
Many of the low-lying Pacific islands consider climate change their most pressing and existential threat, while Morrison continued to be a big supporter of Australia’s coal industry.
‘We need to be offering more support and, otherwise, we can see the consequences with the deal that was done with the Solomons,’ he said. ‘We know that China sees that as the first of many.’
Back home, Mr Albanese has already been working to deliver on his election promises with his department working on a submission to the Fair Work Commission to raise the minimum wage.
Mr Albanese had earlier met with fellow Labor MP Tony Burke before heading out with Toto