Broadcaster Alan Jones was a good sport and readily acknowledged his error on the cost of wind power, giving The Conversation its best-read FactCheck of 2015.
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In 2015 we heard plenty of assertions that sounded a lot like facts -- even when they really weren't.
Various options for increasing GST have been modelled.
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Is Labor's Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, right to warn that each household may effectively face the prospect of paying an extra $4,500 a year in GST?
We do learn a lot about social behaviour from watching TV.
Does viewing violent television as a child increase aggression toward women later in life? We check the research.
Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has flagged concerns about how the extra 12,000 refugees chosen for resettlement in Australia will be picked.
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When asked about a plan to resettle an extra 12,000 refugees in Australia, Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi said that the UNHCR determines who is going to be sent to Australia or not. Is that right?
Tasneem Chopra, cross cultural consultant, speaking on Q&A.
Tasneem Chopra told Q&A that of the 70,000 refugees who've arrived in Australia by boat since 1976, none have been found to be linked to terrorism. We examine the best evidence out there.
Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer said average income earners are the main group taking advantage of negative gearing.
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Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer told the ABC that "average income earners largely are the people who do get to take advantage of negative gearing." Is that a fact?
Broadcaster Andrew Denton, speaking on Q&A, said the 550 babies claim was incorrect.
Broadcaster Andrew Denton, an advocate for assisted dying law, told the Q&A audience it was not correct to say 550 newborn babies were killed last year under Dutch euthanasia laws. Is that right?
Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison’s recent comment was easy to misinterpret but ultimately correct.
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It would be easy to misinterpret a recent comment by federal Treasurer Scott Morrison as meaning that states and territories generate 90% of all revenue collected in Australia. That's not the case.
Author and ecologist Paul Ehrlich, speaking on Q&A.
Author and ecologist Paul Ehrlich told Q&A that humans, on average, have associated with only about 150 other people for millions of years. Is that right?
Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash (right), sitting next to singer Katie Noonan (left) on Q&A.
When asked about importing cannabis oil to treat child epilepsy, rural health minister Fiona Nash told Q&A that the TGA can allow importation of products not registered in Australia. Is that right?
The federal minister for Health, Sussan Ley, sourced her assertion to AIHW data.
Federal health minister, Sussan Ley, said that one in two Australians is now suffering from a chronic disease. Is that right?
Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt (second from left) speaking with ALP senator Lisa Singh (back turned) on Q&A.
Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt and ALP senator Lisa Singh couldn't agree on Q&A about whether asylum seeking children "languished" in detention under the previous government. Who was right?
Professor Pat Dudgeon and Tony Jones, speaking on Q&A, October 5, 2015.
Q&A presenter Tony Jones asked psychologist and research fellow Pat Dudgeon if Indigenous youth suicide rates across the top half of Australia are the highest in the world. We check the research evidence.
Attorney-General George Brandis said Australia co-operates with the UN on its human rights obligations. Is that right?
Attorney-General George Brandis told the ABC that Australia co-operates with the United Nations in relation to its human rights obligations. Is that right?
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the government is continuing to reduce the deficit and debt.
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The finance minister says the government is reducing the deficit and debt and lowering the spending growth trajectory of the previous government. Is that right?
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, speaking on Q&A.
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, told Q&A that China will increase its carbon emissions 150% between 2005 and 2030. Is that correct?
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaking on Q&A.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten told Q&A viewers that Australia is the most unequal it has been in 75 years. Is that statement supported by the research?
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen, on Q&A, September 7, 2015.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen told Q&A that the government would have to spend close to 60% of any GST revenue raised on compensation. Is that a fact?
Tony Abbott said Australia takes more refugees on a per capita basis than any other country.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that Australia takes more refugees than any other through the UNHCR on a per capita basis. Is that right?
Tom Switzer and Naomi Klein, speaking on Q&A.
US Studies Centre research associate Tom Switzer said on Q&A that US carbon emissions had levelled off because of coal seam gas, but activist Naomi Klein said it was due to the economic downturn. What does the research say?