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.
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.
Was Greens leader Richard Di Natale right to say the government spends $3 billion each year on the “offshore detention centre regime”?
Has the Coalition invested an average of $5 billion per year more than Labor into Medicare?
Labor’s shadow health minister Catherine King, said that the government has “cut bulk-billing payments for pathology and diagnostic imaging to make patients pay more”. Is that right?
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said that Australia spends more at a Commonwealth level on negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts than it does on child care or higher education. Is he right?
There’s now a global network of factcheck units, operating in myriad different languages. However, none have a process quite like ours at The Conversation. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how we do it.
Was Malcolm Turnbull right to say that larger and more frequent storms are one of the predicted consequences of climate change – but that you can’t attribute any particular storm to global warming?
Was Opposition Leader Bill Shorten right about full time job losses and underemployment under the Coalition government?
Was Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston right to say that no solely-managed Commonwealth fishery is subject to overfishing?
Was Opposition Leader Bill Shorten right to say that $100 billion has been added to Australia’s national debt on the Coalition government’s watch?
Was Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen right to say that the Coalition presided over the most sustained fall in our living standards since records began?
Was Pauline Hanson right to say that crime is getting worse in Australia?
Greens leader Richard Di Natale told Q&A that if there was a vote among people who are under 30 in Australia, there’d possibly be a Greens prime minister. What do the polls say?
Was Trade Minister Steven Ciobo right to say on Q&A that global demand for coal is still going through the roof?
Independent senator Nick Xenophon told Q&A that foreign debt is approaching $1 trillion, up from $74 billion the previous year. Is that right?
Trade Minister Steven Ciobo told Q&A viewers that Australia has had 25 years of continuous economic growth, and is the only country in the world with a period of growth that long. Is that true?
Labor says that public sector infrastructure investment has fallen 20% under the Abbott-Turnbull government. Is that right?
Are proposed tax cuts giving Australia’s largest banks $7.4 billion over the next decade?