Australia uses British English for their spelling, which spells labour as in physical work, with a "u", where the Australian Labor Party spells it without a "u".This is in contrast to the British Labour Party which uses a "u".

Why the difference?

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    Interestingly, the Australian National Dictionary has no entry for "labor" but, under "labour", consistently uses the former spelling in the section about the formation and early history of the Labor Party. Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 4:43

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The Australian Labor Party uses this spelling because, in 1912, an American-born Australian politician King O'Malley made a successful case to have the spelling 'modernised' to the way that the Americans spelt it. Some other Australian politicians just wanted to have the name distinguish from the worldwide labour movement, hence the change.


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