The Conversation’s academic expert FactCheck authors delved into the evidence for and against claims made by Australian leaders in 2017.
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Australian leaders make claims, we ask the experts to test them. Can you tell fact from fiction? What's spot-on and what's spin?
The Conversation’s FactCheck team has collaborated with Q&A since 2015.
To all the Q&A viewers and Conversation readers who requested or shared a FactCheck Q&A in 2017: thank you. Here are a selection of your requests, and the responses from our expert FactCheck authors.
A curfew was introduced in Northbridge WA as part of a wider push aimed at protecting child welfare and making the suburb safer.
Tim Nicholls said the introduction of a youth curfew in the WA suburb of Northbridge 'saw a dramatic drop in crime and a reduction in the anti-social behaviour of young people'. Is that right?
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson has been publicly critical of the Safe Schools program.
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson said the Safe Schools program contained 'highly explicit material' that is being 'directed at young children'. We asked the experts to look at the facts.
Jobs have been a constant theme of the Labor government’s campaign for a second term in Queensland.
Queensland Labor claimed it has 'created 122,500 jobs – more than four times the number of jobs created under the Newman-Nicholls government'. Is that right? We asked the experts.
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson, federal leader Pauline Hanson, and one of the party’s Queensland election candidates, Tracey Bell-Henselin.
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson said 'up to 21 fathers' are taking their lives in Australia every week. Is that accurate?
More than 640,000 firearms, mainly rifles and shotguns, were surrendered during the 1996 and 2003 gun buybacks.
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Did the government-funded gun buybacks introduced after the Port Arthur massacre have "no effect" in reducing gun deaths in Australia, as an audience member claimed on Q&A? Let's look at the evidence.
This pamphlet, authorised by the Australian Conservatives, was received in a letter box in a Victorian suburb in September.
'Vote No' campaign material distributed by the Australian Conservatives claims that if same-sex marriage is legalised, the Safe Schools program will be 'mandatory in schools'. We looked at the facts.
Many of the studies on this question examine the outcomes for children in same-sex parented families where both parents are women.
Discussing his opposition to same-sex marriage, Liberal MP Kevin Andrews said children who are brought up with a mother and father are 'better off than those who are not'. Let's look at the research.
Yallourn Power Station in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.
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On Q&A, an audience member said renewable energy is 'now cheaper than coal'. Senator Matt Canavan disagreed, saying renewables are not 'at the moment, cheaper than coal'. Let's look at the numbers.
Journalist Mehdi Hasan responds to a question from a Q&A audience member.
Do Muslim couples in Australia have 'on average 4.5 children' while other couples have '1.5 children'? Could Australia have a 'Muslim majority' in 'a couple' of generations? Let's check the evidence.
Delegates at Global Fact 4 in Madrid.
The Conversation joined media organisations from 53 countries at Global Fact 4, the fourth annual fact-checking summit hosted by the International Fact-Checking Network in Madrid.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter in Question Time.
Christian Porter said Australia's welfare system 'was costing over 100% of all income tax raised' under Labor after the GFC, and that it's 'around 80%' under the Coalition. Is that true?
Social Services Minister Christian Porter, speaking on Q&A.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter told Q&A that 'rates of drug use amongst unemployed are 2.5 times higher than amongst employed people'. Is that correct?
Cape York Partnership founder Noel Pearson, speaking on Q&A.
Cape York Partnership founder Noel Pearson told Q&A that Indigenous Australians were 'the most incarcerated people on the planet Earth'. Is that right?
Labor’s figure of 700,000 is based largely on a McKell Institute report.
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In a recorded phone call to voters, Labor leader Bill Shorten said that “cuts to penalty rates will rip off 700,000 workers”. Is that true?
The AiGroup's Innes Willox's statement that Australia has "one of the highest progressive tax rates in the developed world". We asked the AiGroup for sources to support his statement.
The AiGroup’s Innes Willox, speaking on Q&A.
The AiGroup's Innes Willox told Q&A that Australia has one of the highest progressive tax rates in the developed world. Is that true?
Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison says the big banks should be able to absorb the cost of a new bank levy.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said Australia's banks have a return on equity about twice that of banks in other advanced economies. Is that right?
Author Nikki Gemmell speaking on Q&A.
During a discussion on Q&A, author Nikki Gemmell said 80% of Australians and up to 70% of Catholics and Anglicans support euthanasia laws. Is that right?