The claim The Turnbull Government has been predicting for some time that rising employment will put pressure on the jobs market, helping ultimately to bolster pay packets and combat cost of living pressures. In February this year, for example, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared that “the laws of supply and …Read More »
Fact check: Has equality for Australian women relative to the world fallen in the last six or eight years?
The claim Equality for Australian women has worsened dramatically since the beginning of this decade, with high levels of sexual harassment in the workplace, the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, recently warned. Her comments followed a stoush between Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm and Greens …Read More »
The claim Alison Watkins, the group managing director of Coca-Cola Amatil, has argued against a sugar tax, emphasising that despite a fall in the consumption of added sugars since 1995, obesity rates have continued to rise. A sugar tax, therefore, would not reduce obesity in Australia, she wrote in an …Read More »
The claim In the midst of a tax cut bidding war ahead of the federal election, debate recently turned to the question of whether the Turnbull Government’s tax package is fair — not only to lower and middle-income earners, but also to women. In June, the independent Parliamentary Budget Office …Read More »
Australia has lost nine Senators and two members of the House of Representatives since the July 2016 federal election. And the uncertainty around citizenship and the eligibility of MPs and senators shows no sign of abating. How did we get here and what comes next? RMIT ABC Fact Check takes …Read More »
The claim With five by-elections slated for July 28, the Coalition has been spruiking its achievements and vision for the country, including freshly legislated personal income tax cuts. Replying to a suggestion that voters may prefer higher hospital and education funding over tax cuts, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told ABC …Read More »
The claim The Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, has again addressed the issue of people smuggling. Asked on Sky News whether he would consider a New Zealand offer to resettle asylum seekers from Nauru and Manus Island, Mr Dutton cautioned that people smugglers were targeting New Zealand because it …Read More »
Fact check: Are ABC employees or journalists five times more likely to vote for the Greens than the general population?
The claim Calls to privatise the ABC have become louder in recent months, with Liberal Party members voting to privatise the national broadcaster at the party’s annual federal council, though the Coalition Government’s policy remains to keep the ABC in public hands. Sinclair Davidson, an RMIT academic and adjunct fellow …Read More »
A new report has found that about two-thirds of Year 10 students do not have the basic knowledge required to become informed and active citizens in Australia’s democracy, a result that Education Minister Simon Birmingham has described as “woeful”. Civics and citizenship education is a component of the Australian curriculum …Read More »
The claim The place of poker machines in Australian life, including whether they help create jobs, is hotly contested. Pokies were front and centre in state election campaigns in South Australia and Tasmania this year, while some operators have been dogged by claims of malpractice. During a radio interview discussing …Read More »