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We fact checked Dominic Perrottet's claim about the flu and COVID-19 . Here's what we found

Hospitalisation figures for COVID-19 and the flu might be vastly different, but making an assessment on which virus is worse is complicated, experts say.
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We fact checked claims vaccines caused Germany's birth rate to plunge. Here's what we found

A sizeable drop in Germany's birth rate in the first months of 2022 has prompted claims from anti-vaxxers that COVID-19 vaccines were to blame.
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We fact checked Anthony Albanese on cuts to the Electoral Commission in the NT. Here's what we found

The Prime Minister has claimed cuts to the Australian Electoral Commission under the previous government "restrict[ed] people voting in the Territory" because it reduced the number of staff "who were working ... to get people on the roll".
Voting begins as polling booth travel

We fact checked Barnaby Joyce on Labor's primary vote. Here's what we found

Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce says Labor's primary vote at the 2022 election was its lowest since 1910. Is that correct? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.
Barnaby Joyce wears a blue check shirt and talks in between two sillouhetted figures. Verdict: IN THE BALLPARK

Was most of Germany's power recently generated by brown coal?

A graph purporting to show that Germany was briefly powered by more than two-thirds brown coal has spread widely online. But there's a devil in the detail.
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A Tasmanian Liberal told parliament old-growth forests are net carbon emitters. Is that correct?

Tasmanian Liberal MP Felix Ellis told the state's parliament that old-growth forests are net carbon emitters and that the best carbon sequestration comes from a young growing forest. But is that correct?
Old-growth forest in Willamette National Forest, Oregon. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Mark Latham says 13,699 NSW teachers can't teach due to their vaccination status. Is that correct?

Former Labor leader turned NSW MLC for One Nation Mark Latham says a NSW government report shows 13,699 teachers are not allowed to work due to vaccine mandates, and that this is causing the teacher shortage. RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.
Mark Latham talking. VERDICT: Misleading with a red cross

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We fact checked AFL coach Luke Beveridge's claim on illicit drugs policies. Here's what we found

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Bailey Smith's coach said there are 'not many sporting codes in the world that have an illicit drugs policy'. But does the AFL really do things that differently?
Bailey Smith of Western Bulldogs during the AFL Round 12 match.

'Decimated sovereignty'? Malcolm Roberts repeats WHO claim that has been panned by experts

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The One Nation senator has continued to push the baseless claim that Australia could be forced to adopt restrictive health measures by the World Health Organization.
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Malcolm Roberts Toowoomba Civic Square

We fact checked Anthony Albanese on the history of women in cabinet. Here's what we found

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says his new cabinet has the largest number that have ever served in an Australian cabinet. Is that correct? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.
Anthony Albanese wears glasses and is speaking with Penny Wong in the background. Verdict: CORRECT with a green tick

Katy Gallagher says the government has inherited 'the worst set of budget books' in history. Is that correct?

Finance Minister Katy Gallagher says the incoming Labor government has inherited the worst set of budget books in history. Is that correct? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.
katy gallagher is not speaking. verdict: WRONG with a red cross

We fact checked the United Australia Party on claims of low voter turnout. Here's what we found

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The UAP has emailed its members to claim the "highest number of people" in a century failed to turn out to vote at the federal election. It's one of dozens of claims the AEC has responded to since the polls closed.
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We fact checked Scott Morrison on the Coalition's federal integrity commission. Here's what we found

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the government's proposed model for a federal integrity commission would have the powers of a royal commission. RMIT ABC Fact Check compares the two.
Scott Morrison talking at a press conference. Verdict: CHERRYPICKING with an orange asterisk

This pervasive furphy on Australia's emissions was repeated throughout the campaign

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Politicians were spinning hard for Australian's votes during the 2022 election. So who got their facts straight, and who missed the mark?
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Does the fossil fuel industry really receive $10b in federal subsidies a year?

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Greens Leader Adam Bandt says the fossil fuel industry receives $10 billion in federal subsidies per year. RMIT ABC Fact Check runs the numbers.
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Adam Bandt wears clear-framed glasses and is talking. Verdict: OVERBLOWN with an orange asterisk

Labor says the Coalition has a plan to cut Medicare if re-elected. Is there any evidence?

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For the third election in a row, Labor is running a campaign to convince you that the Coalition has a plan to cut Medicare if re-elected. How do the claims stack up, and is there any evidence?
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