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The Conversation is fact checking the South Australian election — and we want to hear from you

South Australian leaders: Greens leader Mark Parnell, SA Best Leader Nick Xenophon, Liberal leader Steven Marshall and Premier Jay Weatherill. DAVID MARIUZ/AAP

South Australians will head to the polls on March 17, with the Liberal and Labor parties facing new competition from Nick Xenophon’s SA Best and Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives.

Thanks to the support of The University of South Australia, The Conversation will be on the ground in Adelaide to hear exactly what claims are being made by politicians of all stripes in the lead up to polling day.

With your help, we’ll identify the most questionable claims and test them against the evidence, working with some of Australia’s leading academic experts to cut through the spin and misinformation to bring South Australians information they can trust.

Importantly, we want to hear from you, our readers. What’s the most pressing issue for you in this election campaign? What claims do you want to see fact checked?

Facebook posts and advertisements, pamphlets, posters, robo-calls and town hall speeches: all of these are fertile grounds for fact checks. With your help, we can weed out the claims most urgently in need of verification.

When you see a “fact” you’d like checked, let us know. Send us the claim, the date it was made and a source, if possible. That might be a link, a screen-shot or a photo.

The Conversation’s FactCheck unit has been running since 2013, and we’re proud of our method. Our experienced journalists work closely with some of Australia’s most respected academic experts to test leaders’ claims against the best available data and scientific research. Our FactCheck authors bring years, and often decades, of subject-level expertise to the task.

After being rigorously researched, verified and tested from all angles, each FactCheck is subject to a blind review from another academic expert, who analyses the article without knowing the author’s identity. This is a valuable process that ensures the integrity and accuracy of The Conversation’s FactChecks.

These are just some of the reasons our FactCheck unit was the first in Australia and one of the first two worldwide accredited by the International Fact-Checking Network, an alliance of fact-checkers hosted at the Poynter Institute in the US.

We adhere to a code of principles which require non-partisanship, fairness, transparency of funding, sources and methods, and a commitment to open and honest corrections.

We’re not about the “gotcha” moment. We go to these lengths because we want to provide accurate information, and correct the record if we’re being misled. We’ll be closely watching all the players in this South Australian election campaign, and as always, every politician and public figure checked will be given the right of reply.

Please spread the word, and help make sure misinformation doesn’t play a role in the South Australian election.

The Conversation thanks The University of South Australia for its support.

The Conversation FactCheck is accredited by the International Fact-Checking Network.

The Conversation’s FactCheck unit was the first fact-checking team in Australia and one of the first worldwide to be accredited by the International Fact-Checking Network, an alliance of fact-checkers hosted at the Poynter Institute in the US. Read more here.

Have you seen a “fact” worth checking? The Conversation’s FactCheck asks academic experts to test claims and see how true they are. We then ask a second academic to review an anonymous copy of the article. You can request a check at Please include the statement you would like us to check, the date it was made, and a link or a photo if possible.

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