With so many profits for the coalition and so little for the job, Mr. Shorten hopes to become prime minister retreated as the election night continued.
A coalition that dragged Labor in polls during his turbulent time in government, went into a campaign with 74 seats and added to it tally through Queensland, where it beat Labor in Longman and Herbert. The coalition also drove the Tasmanian headquarters of Braddon from Labor and seemed likely to demand a neighboring Bass voter.
Coalition teams and work anxiously await results from Western Australia to be sure of the outcome. Coalition profits have left Labor to hope for negotiation with Crossbench MPs who have a government in a suspended parliament.
With voters lasting more than ten years unprecedented parliamentary bloodshed – Australia had seven Prime Ministers in 11 years – many neutral observers hoped for a period of political stability.
However, the result shows that the nation is divided by geographical and ideological lines with Mr. Abbott, who has declared political "adaptation", thanks to the profits of working in progressive rich seats and a coalition that works better in working class areas. The key to power could still have a group of key independent.
Abbott said the coalition would be able to keep the government, even though he admitted that he would lose his Warringah headquarters, a safe liberal voter for years, attacked by independent candidate Zali Steggall and her campaign for further climate change action.
"The good news is that the Liberal National Coalition has won every chance," Abbott said.
"It's a truly extraordinary result, it's a tremendous result, it's a great result for Scott Morrison and the rest of the liberal team, and Scott Morrison will enter the Liberal Pantheon for good."
In West Sydney, voter Lindsay fell to the Liberals, while the neighboring voter Macquarie seemed to be moving in the same manner. In East Sydney, the Liberal Party was persuaded to regain the Blue Ribbon Wentworth headquarters with Dave Sharma, a liberal candidate, before Kerryn Phelps, an independent MEP, who was elected last year.
The results give the coalition a narrow majority in the House of Representatives unless it suffers from the loss of other places.
Labor acquired Gilmore headquarters on the NSW South Coast and two Victorian Chisholm and Dunkley sites.
Early in the night, Mr. Shorten appeared to be on the way to becoming the Australian 31st Prime Minister after a poll poll predicted swing to Labor, with voters naming health and climate change as key factors in their decisions.
While the Labor Party members were awake before the beginning of the beginnings, Mr. Morrison expressed caution about his chances when he said he "did not make any assumptions" about holding power.
While the Liberal Party seemed likely to acquire Wentworth, the independent MPs made gains elsewhere with Victorian independent Helen Haines on the way to win the Indians and succeed the former independent MP Cathy McGowan.
Combined with the victory of Mrs Steggall, the elections seem to have left the Parliament in a cross, which includes Green Adam Bandt, Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie, Queenslander Bob Katter, South Australian Rebekhy Sharkie, as well as Mrs Steggall and Dr. Hainese.
Mr. Wilkie ruled out any negotiations with the minority government, while Mr. Katter supported the coalition in the past. Others have named climate change policy as a factor in their decisions whether to support a minority government on trust vote and supply.
The government of 74 seats in the House of Representatives was down from 76 that won in the last election due to the departure of former Liberal MP Julia Banks to the crossbench and the arrival of independent MP Kerryn Phelps in Wentworth. Work started with 69 seats from the last parliament.
The work described her election efforts as her biggest "field campaign" in history, with more than 25,000 volunteers hit the field to knock over a million doors. The thesis claimed that her supporters had made more than one million phone calls to get Australians to support their party.
The GetUp activist group said it has mobilized more than 9,000 volunteers who worked on the site, with more people making more than 700,000 phone calls during the campaign.
Approximately 5,000 volunteers worked during the campaign.
Mr. Shorten started the last day of the campaign by urging Australians to change government because Labor would seize climate change, spend more on health, restore stability after the division's leadership within the Liberal Party, and improve justice by returning tax relief for rich .
He visited Melbourne voters after a morning run wearing a t-shirt that asked people to vote for "Chloe Shorten's Husband" – recognizing the importance of his wife for his campaign.
Mr Morrison made a hectic pace on Saturday morning by flying to Tasmania on Saturday morning to return to Sydney for the rest of the day.
The coalition adopted the same approach of the previous day with a tireless tour through Queensland's peripheral sites.
The election campaign ended on a subdued note after the death of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke on Thursday, an event that forced Labor to change tactics and tone in the memory of his political hero.
Memories of Mr. Hawke's time in power, portrayed in the outpouring of grief over his handover, gave Labor a moment to remember his record of economic reforms and claimed against the Coalition that it was not suitable for economic governance.
Labor volunteers said Mr. Hawke's death motivated them to fight harder, though this event also prevented Mr. Shorten's campaign in the Brisbane election, like Forde on Friday, as he intended.
Mr. Shorten acknowledged that he was more responsible for winning because Mr. Hawke wanted him to win.
"I already feel responsible for winning millions of people. But I definitely want to do it for Bob," Mr. Shorten said on Thursday. "I don't want to leave his memory."
David Crowe is the chief political correspondent for the Sydney Morning and The Age.