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The Labor Party has claimed victory in Australia's election, after early vote counts suggested Prime Minister John Howard had lost his parliamentary seat.
"On the numbers we are seeing tonight Labor is going to form a government," said Labor deputy leader Julia Gillard.
She was one of several Labor figures to claim victory, although leader Kevin Rudd has yet to make a statement.
Originally posted by Rilence
And you can bet your bottom $$ we won't be in Iraq by mid-next year at the latest...
The formal name Australian Labour Party was adopted in 1908, with the American spelling of Labor adopted from 1912. While it is standard practice in Australian English to spell the word labour with a u, the Party has spelt it without since Labor cabinet minister King O'Malley thought he would "modernise" the name; at the time, it seemed likely that Australia would move to American spellings.