Labor leader Bill Shorten After conceded and announced he would be stepping down as head of the party, after losing an election which many mainstream media and exit polling described as “unlosable” for the left.

Scott Morrison, the conservative prime minister, pulled off a shock defeat in Australia’s national election on Saturday.

“I have always believed in miracles,” Mr. Morrison said at his victory party. “Tonight is about every single Australian who depends on their government to put them first. And that is exactly what we are going to do.”

Morrison pushed the party’s economic and immigration policies while seeking re-election, while his opponent, the Labor Party’s Bill Shorten, presented a vision that included addressing climate change and developing federal interventions into the economy.

“Tonight is not about me, or even the Libs, tonight is about every single Australian who depends on their govt to put them first. So friends, that is exactly what we are going to do,” said Morrison in his speeach after the results.