Can a country move ahead when its citizens hold dueling facts?
How can a community decide the direction it should go, if its members cannot even agree on where they are? Two political scientists say the growing phenomenon of dueling facts threatens democracy.
Today, experts reveal the tips and tricks spin doctors use to shape the political messages you’re hearing every day - especially during election campaigns.
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How to spot the work of a political spin doctor this election season.
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There’s a small army of spin doctors behind the scenes of an election campaign, finessing every utterance so it fits with the overall strategy. Today's episode is all about the art of political spin.
Conflicting fuel standard reports from the Trump and Obama administrations disagree by billions of dollars.
Their analysis finds that the costs exceed the benefits by over $170 billion – but it includes four major errors in the calculations.
Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni announced a $2b housing scheme he said would create more affordable housing in the state.
Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni made the claim while announcing a $2 billion housing investment scheme. But is the claim correct?
Leader of the Victorian Greens Samantha Ratnam with the member for Melbourne Ellen Sandell.
Were the Victorian Greens correct about pubic school funding? We asked the experts to check the numbers.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo speaks during a joint media statement with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Bogor Presidential Palace near Jakarta, last August.
Is Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's claim that the rate of poverty in rural Indonesia has declined at twice the poverty rates of cities correct?
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has said Labor MPs disproportionately come from unions.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said "you can’t reflect society if 90% of your members of parliament were chosen from trade unions and worked in trade unions". Let's take a look at the numbers.
At the Victorian Liberal Party election campaign launch, Opposition leader Matthew Guy said Labor had presided over a law and order crisis.
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Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy said under Premier Daniel Andrews, 'Victoria has won the unenviable title as the state with the country’s highest rate of crime'. Is that right?
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Reason Party leader Fiona Patten, Opposition leader Matthew Guy and leader of the Victorian Greens Samantha Ratnam.
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With just over four weeks to go until the Victorian state election, we'd like to know which topics matter to you, and what you'd most like to see fact-checked. Here's how you can get involved.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended the Coalition’s spending on aged care services after announcing a Royal Commission into the sector.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the Coalition’s spending on aged care as preparations for a Royal Commission into the sector get underway. We asked the experts to crunch the numbers.
Senator Pauline Hanson says Australia’s immigration policy has led to “culturally separate communities” in Australian cities.
Senator Pauline Hanson raised concerns about immigration and social cohesion, saying 'more than a million people' in Australia 'cannot speak English well or at all'. Let's look at the numbers.
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann.
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Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said corporate tax cuts in the US had led to 'stronger investment, stronger growth, a lower unemployment rate and higher wages'. Let's take a closer look.
GetUp! national director Paul Oosting.
A social media post shared by GetUp! Australia suggested US real wages had dropped significantly following the enactment of Trump's corporate tax cuts in January. We asked the experts to check it out.
Shadow minister for finance Jim Chalmers, speaking on Q&A.
Was shadow minister for finance Jim Chalmers correct when he said that under the current Coalition government, net debt had doubled? We asked the experts.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek.
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Ahead of Saturday's crucial byelections, senior Labor Party figures have described a vote for Pauline Hanson's One Nation party as a vote for the Coalition. What do the records show?
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says Australia has ‘run away rates of immigration’.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said Australia is "the highest-growing country in the world", with population growth "double than a lot of other countries". Is that right?
Liberal MP Sarah Henderson, speaking on Q&A.
In addition to the jobs claim, Liberal MP Sarah Henderson said 65,000 new businesses had started in the last year, compared to the closure of 61,000 businesses in Labor's last year. Is that right?
Social researcher and author Rebecca Huntley, speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, social researcher and author Rebecca Huntley said "about 30%" of homeless people have a job. Is that right?
It’s not the leading cause but it is the leading contributor.
Are claims that intimate partner violence is the leading cause of death for Australian women aged 18-44 substantiated?
Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher, speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said South Australia's high electricity prices were "the consequence" of Jay Weatherill's renewable energy policies. Is that right?
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and SA Best leader Nick Xenophon provided different narratives about youth populations in the state.
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In a South Australian leaders' debate, Jay Weatherill and Nick Xenophon disagreed over the extent to which young people are leaving the state in search of better opportunities. We asked the experts.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, SA Liberal leader Steven Marshall and SA Best leader Nick Xenophon at a leaders’ debate hosted by the ABC.
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SA Liberal Party leader Steven Marshall said that state Labor policy had left South Australians with 'the highest energy prices in Australia' and 'the least reliable grid'. Is that right?
The Australian Hotels Association (South Australia) has campaigned against the SA Best party’s proposed poker machine reforms.
The Australian Hotels Association of South Australia claims poker machine reforms proposed by Nick Xenophon's SA Best party would wipe out 'many of the 26,000' jobs in the hotel industry. Is that right?
South Australian leaders: Greens leader Mark Parnell, SA Best Leader Nick Xenophon, Liberal leader Steven Marshall and Premier Jay Weatherill.
The Conversation's FactCheck team will be in Adelaide for the next two weeks, working with academics to test politicians' claims against the evidence as South Australians prepare to vote on March 17.
Is Richard Di Natale correct in saying that Tasmanian women aren’t getting access safe termination services?
In Hobart supporting the Tasmanian Greens ahead of the state election, Greens leader Richard Di Natale said 'in one of our states, women are not getting access to safe terminations'. Is that correct?