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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 told Q&A that Indigenous Australians were 'the most incarcerated people on the planet Earth'. Is that right?
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?
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?
On Q&A, government minister Zed Seselja remarked that surveys showed confidence in media has fallen globally. In Australia, he said, it has dropped lower than in the US. Is he right?
The Conversation's FactCheck has become the first fact-checking team in Australia and one of only two worldwide accredited by the International Fact-Checking Network at the US-based Poynter Institute.
On Q&A, panellist Faustina Agolley questioned whether there were laws protecting against revenge porn in Australia. As it turns out, it all depends on where you live.
During a Q&A discussion about climate change, Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie said it was four degrees hotter 110,000 years ago. Is that right?
Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie responded to The Conversation's request for sources and comment regarding our FactCheck on her climate change comments.
We build in extra checks and balances, including blind peer review by a second academic expert, additional scrutiny and editorial oversight.
In a time of slippery weasel words and 'alternative facts', we are delighted to see the return of the ABC fact-checking unit in collaboration with RMIT.
Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said he thought that Victorians have never felt more unsafe, and that burglaries, assaults and murders are rising year-on-year. Is he right?
Bald-faced lies are fairly rare in Australian politics but, in 2016, weasel-words and cherry-picking were common. Politicians and public figures are experts at disguising opinion and ideology as fact.
Who got it right and who got it wrong in 2016? Take The Conversation's 2016 FactCheck quiz to find out.
After Australia announced a refugee deal with the US, Labor's Kate Ellis told Q&A that millions of dollars were spent on an earlier deal with Cambodia, yet very few lives were changed. Is that right?