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Has there ever been policies aimed at singles during an election? Has there ever been policies aimed at singles during an election? Flickr/Klim Andreev

FactCheck: do political parties ever come up with a policy for singles?

“Does anyone ever target policies at single people?? Ever?? Anyone???In the whole history of the world?? Just one tiny little policy??? Ever??” - Magda Szubanski, Twitter post, 27 August. Single this election…
The Greens' leader Christine Milne speaking at the National Press Club, 4 September. The Greens' leader Christine Milne speaking at the National Press Club, 4 September. AAP Image/Penny Bradfield

FactCheck: does Australia have a gas supply crisis?

“I’ve yet to see any evidence that we have a [gas] supply crisis in Australia at all.” – Australian Greens' leader Christine Milne, Fairfax Google+ hangout, 26 August. The Greens' leader Christine Milne…
Foreign companies are interested in Australian farm land – but are our rules as protective as those in other countries? Foreign companies are interested in Australian farm land – but are our rules as protective as those in other countries? Flickr/Andy

FactCheck: do many other countries restrict foreign investment in agricultural land?

“We often get criticised for trying to be protective. I actually look around the world and I see many, many countries being equally protective of their own core assets.” - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, third…
Workers install a fibre optic cable for the government’s National Broadband Network (NBN). Workers install a fibre optic cable for the government’s National Broadband Network (NBN).

FactCheck: will the NBN take another 20 years to complete?

“At the current rate of roll-out, the National Broadband Network (NBN) won’t cover the whole country for 20 years.” – Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, National Press Club, 11 August. The above claim on the…
Kevin Rudd rebukes Pastor Matt Prater on the issue of gay marriage. View the segment here. Kevin Rudd rebukes Pastor Matt Prater on the issue of gay marriage. View the segment here.

FactCheck Q&A: are people born gay?

“I do not believe people, when they are born, choose their sexuality. They are gay if they are born gay.” - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, ABC TV’s Q&A, 2 September. Responding to a question from audience…
Independent public schools are a highly charged issue in education circles – but do they get results? Independent public schools are a highly charged issue in education circles – but do they get results?

FactCheck: will more independent public schools mean better education outcomes?

“A programme to implement independent public schools will lead to higher productivity, better quality education outcomes for students.” - The Coalition’s Policy for Schools, August 2013. The Coalition…
An aerial view of the Cononaco River in the Ecuadorian Amazon, with a huge emergent Ceiba tree in the foreground. An aerial view of the Cononaco River in the Ecuadorian Amazon, with a huge emergent Ceiba tree in the foreground.

FactCheck: is protecting global rainforests the best way to rapidly tackle climate change?

“Nothing would do more to rapidly decrease the risk of climate change than a major plan to protect global rainforests” – Opposition climate action spokesman Greg Hunt, media release, 30 August. Launching…
What is the poverty rate, and are more people poor? What is the poverty rate, and are more people poor? AAP Image/Jenny Evans

FactCheck: is poverty on the rise in Australia?

“Politicians will talk a lot about ‘cost of living pressures’ during this election campaign, even though most people are enjoying living standards that are better than ever. However, a growing group of…
Catch up on ABC’s Q&A program from Monday night. Catch up on ABC’s Q&A program from Monday night.

FactCheck Q&A: are wages steady, disputes down and productivity up?

“Wages in Australia are moving reasonably at between 3.2 and 3.5%. We are not getting overrun by wage claims in Australia. Secondly, the assumption that everyone is on strike is not correct. The average…
Who gets the better deal – asylum seekers or pensioners? Who gets the better deal – asylum seekers or pensioners?

FactCheck: are newly-arrived asylum seekers paid more than pensioners?

“Our senior citizens and our disability pensioners are paid less than newly arrived asylum seekers.” - Clive Palmer, founder of the Palmer United Party, National Press Club, 26 August. Clive Palmer’s claim…
Does Labor’s most recent attack ad pass the truth test? Does Labor’s most recent attack ad pass the truth test? Labor Party

FactCheck: Labor’s ‘If Abbott wins, you lose’ attack ad

Election FactCheck is checking key claims in political advertisements. Here we look at the “If Tony Abbott Wins, You Lose” ad from Labor. Families will lose the Schoolkids Bonus The Coalition has made…
A still from an ALP advertisement. Which party is spending more to get the message across? A still from an ALP advertisement. Which party is spending more to get the message across?

FactCheck: does Labor massively outspend the Coalition during election campaigns?

“In every recent election, state and federal, the Labor Party has massively outspent the Coalition and this election is going to be no exception.” - Opposition leader Tony Abbott, press conference, 21…
Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey on Q&A’s National Economic Debate. Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey on Q&A’s National Economic Debate.

FactCheck Q&A: do women under 50 make up just 2% of people on $100,000 a year?

“The biggest beneficiaries [of the Coalition’s Paid Parental Leave scheme] are the women of Australia. Of all the people earning A$100,000 a year under the age of 50, 2% are women. Just 2% are women. How…
A man in the second group of asylum seekers transferred to Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island calls out to journalists, 2 August 2013. A man in the second group of asylum seekers transferred to Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island calls out to journalists, 2 August 2013.

FactCheck: are Australia’s refugee acceptance rates high compared with other nations?

“We want to end the tick and flick approach of this [Labor] government that has seen nine out of 10 people found to be refugees when that doesn’t match what we are seeing in other places around the world…
Crisis talks: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, September 2009. Crisis talks: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, September 2009.

FactCheck: did Kevin Rudd help create the G20?

“I think people are all excited about the fact that when the G20 is hosted in Australia next year, the G20 Finance [Ministers] will be meeting here in Cairns in far north Queensland… of course, that exists…
The Christian Democratic Party has claimed that Mum & Dad taxpayers are getting a bad deal. The Christian Democratic Party has claimed that Mum & Dad taxpayers are getting a bad deal.

FactCheck: do same-sex couples earn 29% more?

“Same sex couples earn 29% more money than male-female couples. Mum and Dad taxpayers are the most oppressed Australians in our economy. Christian Democrats will change that.” – Fred Nile - Official Christian…
The Coalition claims that infrastructure costs in Australia are spiralling out of control. The Coalition claims that infrastructure costs in Australia are spiralling out of control.

FactCheck: does building hospitals, schools and airports cost more in Australia than in the US?

“Resource projects are 40% more costly in Australia than the United States, building hospitals cost 62% more, schools 26% more and airports a staggering 90% more.” – The Nationals' leader Warren Truss…
Are claims about private health costs exaggerated, or right on the money? Are claims about private health costs exaggerated, or right on the money? Health care cost image from www.shutterstock.com

FactCheck: could private lifetime health cover changes cost $1000 more a year?

“The changes to lifetime health cover will increase [private health insurance] premiums by up to a reported 27.5%. This is hitting many local residents very hard, with some struggling to find the money…
How does Australia’s economy stack up when compared globally? How does Australia’s economy stack up when compared globally?

FactCheck: how strong is Australia’s economy?

“We have among the lowest of budget deficits and debt to GDP of any other major economies in the developed world… If it’s so bad, Mr Abbott, why have we been given by the three ratings agencies a AAA credit…
Kevin Rudd with a chart showing our net debt per capita. Kevin Rudd with a chart showing our net debt per capita.

FactCheck: is our debt and deficit going the way of the disasters in Europe?

“Mr Rudd can stand up and show us his chart and demonstrate that by comparison with some other countries, Australia’s debt and deficit position is not so bad. But it’s not what we’ve done, it’s where we’ve…
We take a closer look at the claim the prime minister has made on the Murdoch press in Australia. We take a closer look at the claim the prime minister has made on the Murdoch press in Australia.

FactCheck: does Murdoch own 70% of newspapers in Australia?

“Mr Murdoch is entitled to his own view… he owns 70% of the newspapers in this country.” – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, press conference, 6 August. One of the more spirited discussions of the first week…
Universal paid parental leave is now standard in Australia, but would the Coalition’s scheme affect low-paid workers? Universal paid parental leave is now standard in Australia, but would the Coalition’s scheme affect low-paid workers?

FactCheck: will low-paid women subsidise rich women under the Coalition’s parental leave scheme?

[Under the Coalition’s proposed parental leave scheme] “the woman working in the local chemist in Gippsland in regional Victoria would be subsidising the paid parental leave of the woman working in the…
More students are attending university, but how many drop out? More students are attending university, but how many drop out?

FactCheck: are university drop-out rates higher than ever?

“Today’s drop-out rates are higher than ever before, 20% across-the-board, and in some cases one-in-two. And that’s just one side effect of the demand driven system.” National affairs correspondent Heather…
Asylum seeker children who have tried to get to Australia by boat since the PNG agreement was announced will be sent to Manus Island. Asylum seeker children who have tried to get to Australia by boat since the PNG agreement was announced will be sent to Manus Island.

FactCheck: can children under seven be sent to Manus Island?

“You cannot send children aged under seven to Manus Island because of the issues of inoculation - you can’t do it.” - Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison, press conference, 21 July. Scott Morrison…
The increase in medical graduates means there’s not enough internships to allow them to practice. So who is given priority and why? The increase in medical graduates means there’s not enough internships to allow them to practice. So who is given priority and why? Doctor image from www.shutterstock.com

FactCheck: are international medical graduates given priority over Australian doctors?

“At the moment, we’ve got international graduates who are getting preference over Australian doctors in some states.” - Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton, National Press Club Address…
The Australian car manufacturing industry is in trouble – but does the government provide less support than other countries? The Australian car manufacturing industry is in trouble – but does the government provide less support than other countries?

FactCheck: do other countries subsidise their car industry more than we do?

“By international standards our support [of the automotive industry] is modest, so we have to work hard to attract the new investment.” – Industry minister Senator Kim Carr, Lateline, 22 July. The idea…
Asylum seekers coming by boat to Australia is on the increase but do they make up 20% of our migration program? Asylum seekers coming by boat to Australia is on the increase but do they make up 20% of our migration program?

FactCheck: are boat people now 20% of our immigration program?

“The numbers have spiked. Twenty per cent of Australia’s immigration program now comes to our shores courtesy of people smugglers… You’re dealing with a very different situation when you’ve got what could…
Australian manufacturing workers are feeling the heat of economic change. Australian manufacturing workers are feeling the heat of economic change.

FactCheck: is Australia losing one manufacturing job every 19 minutes?

“Under this [Labor] government we’ve seen one manufacturing job lost every 19 minutes.” - Opposition industry spokeswoman Sophie Mirabella, Q&A, 1 July. The Conversation contacted Mirabella’s office…
We factcheck Malcolm Turnbull and Anthony Albanese on this week’s Q&A program. We factcheck Malcolm Turnbull and Anthony Albanese on this week’s Q&A program.

FactCheck Q&A: broadband, climate change and Labor Party reform

UPDATED: We were inundated with ideas for statements to check from Monday night’s Q&A on ABC TV. Here, our experts tackle four claims on three of the most requested topics. 1. Anthony Albanese: claims…
Australia’s unemployment is 5.5%. How does that stack up internationally? Australia’s unemployment is 5.5%. How does that stack up internationally? APH

FactCheck: is our unemployment rate low by world standards?

“Australia has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the developed world.” - Finance minister Penny Wong, The Drum opinion article, 14 January. Several ministers, including finance minister Penny Wong…
How long does it take to get a mine approved in Australia? How long does it take to get a mine approved in Australia? APH

FactCheck: does it take three years to get approval for a mine?

“Just to get the regulatory approvals [to start a mine] takes more than three years. Six years ago it took less than 12 months… Australian investors are fleeing this country to invest in more stable countries…
Is Bob Katter exaggerating when he says Coles and Woolworths own 80% of the groceries market? Is Bob Katter exaggerating when he says Coles and Woolworths own 80% of the groceries market? APH

FactCheck: do Coles and Woolies control 80% of the market?

“The Americans are screaming blue murder because WalMart and their competitor have now reached about 23% market share. Here we have two supermarkets with a market share of over 80%, so if they decide to…
Brendan O Connor. Brendan O Connor.

FactCheck: are Interpol red notices often wrong?

“The Australian Federal Police takes [red notices] very seriously but knows it must examine the veracity or otherwise of those claims because quite often claims, even against Australian citizens who’ve…
Did Foreign minister Bob Carr’s controversial claim that the majority of asylum seekers coming to Australia are economic refugees go too far? Did Foreign minister Bob Carr’s controversial claim that the majority of asylum seekers coming to Australia are economic refugees go too far? APH

FactCheck: are asylum seekers really economic migrants?

“People are coming here, not now as a result of persecution, but because they’re economic refugees who have paid money to people smugglers.” - Foreign minister Bob Carr, Meet the Press, June 9. There is…