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  1. (Australia, informal) The Australian Labor Party.
    • 1970, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Institute of Pacific Relations, Australia and the Pacific, page 10,
      Nevertheless there is a distinct difference of emphasis, in the sense just indicated, between the two sides of Australian politics. There has always been some international isolationism, too, in Labor circles in Australia.
    • 1984, David Harris Solomon, Australia′s Government and Parliament, page 102,
      Labor did not regain office until 1929, and then only for a three-year period.
    • 1995, Brian Galligan, A Federal Republic: Australia′s Constitutional System of Government, page 109,
      Labor’s formal reconciliation with the federal Constitution during the postwar decades has been a significant development both for the ALP and for Australian politics generally.
  2. (US, Australia) Misspelling of Labour. (UK political party)

Usage notes[edit]

While it is standard practice in Australian English to spell the word labour with a letter u, the Party has spelt it without since 1912, when then Labour cabinet minister King O'Malley advocated the change to Labor Party. At the time, it seemed likely that Australia would move to American spellings.



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Shortened from Laboratorium, from Latin labōrātōrium.



Labor n (genitive Labors, plural Labore or Labors)

  1. laboratory

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