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February 4, 2020 - Social Media Claim

An Instagram post viewed more than 30,000 times claims the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak is "a plague".

January 29, 2020 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post claims coronavirus has contaminated a list of food products and that several Sydney train stations "have shown positive readings to the virus".

January 24, 2020

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has stated his Cabinet colleague, Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie, distributed sports grants funding based on recommendations from the government sports agency.

January 17, 2020 - Social Media Claim

As aerial firefighting has played a critical role in saving homes from bushfires in Australia, a Facebook post claims “military planes” exacerbated fires at a NSW town by dropping a substance that made the blaze worse.

January 15, 2020 - Social Media Claim

As bushfires burn across the east coast of Australia, numerous social media posts are claiming or suggesting the fires are part of a conspiracy to burn a path to construct a fast rail network.

January 8, 2020 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post claims the Greens NSW changed their policy on back-burning in November 2019 because their old policy was being "hammered".

December 19, 2019 - Social Media Claim

The future of Australian-grown frozen vegetables is attracting significant social media attention, with a Facebook post claiming the only Australian company producing these goods is “not far from closing”.

December 17, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post from December 13, 2019 claims carbon emitted from volcanic eruptions have undone all human reduction strategies.

December 11, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A post from December 8, 2019 claiming to show a timeline of Samoa's measles outbreak omits information and contains inaccuracies.

December 6, 2019

Labor's Anthony Albanese says Australia’s PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is a wake-up call for the coalition government on education funding.

November 29, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post shared thousands of times claims Australia has passed laws making it illegal to touch a mobile phone while driving or while a vehicle's engine is running.

November 25, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post from November 7, 2019 claims drinking water at specific times of the day will help lower the risk of heart attacks and some diseases.

November 21, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook link from November 7, 2019 claims a wind turbine "could spin until it falls apart and never generate as much energy as was invested in building it".

November 15, 2019

As NSW battles bushfires, a union claims Fire and Rescue NSW is struggling under a budget cut by the state government.

November 14, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook link from November 13, 2019 features a purported offer of a free $75 Costco coupon in celebration of the company’s anniversary.

November 8, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post from August 5, 2013 claims that a list of political salaries are for life and compares them with those of soldiers and pensioners.

November 6, 2019

Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott claims there are “overstatements” about the composition of Australia’s workforce.

October 25, 2019 - Social Media Claim

AAP FactCheck examined a Facebook post that claims vegans and animal activists are tampering with the rear pins of cattle trucks at rest stops.

October 18, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post claims that an LNP government moved $170 billion dollars from a fund called the "Aged Pension Trust" into the Future Fund, the sovereign wealth fund set up to cover unfunded Commonwealth superannuation liabilities.

October 14, 2019

One Nation leader and Senator for Queensland Pauline Hanson claims dairy farmers are getting short-changed by Coles and Woolworths.

October 4, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post from March 22, 2019 claims Labor MP Anne Aly said her party supported changes to the racial discrimination act to make "offending Islam" an offence.

October 2, 2019

Labor MP Andrew Leigh says a review of the retirement income system announced by the coalition government will reduce the benefits of superannuation.

October 1, 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended his government’s action on climate change and telling the United Nations General Assembly the country “will have overachieved” on its international carbon reduction commitments.

September 26, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post from September 26, 2019 purports to show climate activist Greta Thunberg on a magazine cover as the world's highest paid activist.

September 25, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post from September 21, 2019 claims the word “shot” in relation to whisky, comes from the “old west” era in America.

September 19, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post from September 15, 2019 claims to be giving away a holiday package to the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora for two people.

September 19, 2019

Energy Minister Angus Taylor says the nation has close to 90 days of oil reserves if stocks on ships on their way to Australia are included.

September 16, 2019

Tasmania's Liberal government claims there were 10,000 jobs lost when the Labor-Greens government held power for four years.

September 12, 2019

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says the case of a Tamil asylum-seeker family facing deportation is costing Australian taxpayers ‘millions”.

September 10, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post from September 7, 2019 claimed a promotion with a surprise gift box for 20 lucky fans being was held to celebrate ALDI’s “grand 75th anniversary”.

September 5, 2019

Federal Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor says there has been a reduction in carbon emissions resulting from countries using exported Australian gas.

September 4, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post from August 25, 2019 claims there were 130,000 glaciers in 1948 when former US vice president Al Gore was born and that number remains the same today.

August 29, 2019

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton claims the Medevac laws have led to a more than doubling in the number of incidents of self-harm by asylum seekers so they can come to Australia for treatment.

August 26, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post from August 19, 2019 claims that a number of countries are building new coal-fired power stations while Australia is closing its remaining coal-fired plants.

August 23, 2019

Private Healthcare Australia chief executive Rachel David says the cost of medical devices in Australia need to come down in order for insurers to lower premiums.

August 16, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post claims there have been 249 mass shootings in the United States this year and lists figures for 11 other countries, including Mexico, Canada, The Netherlands and Australia.

August 16, 2019

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts says NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is “climate gesturing” and should cull all New Zealand sheep if she is serious about climate change.

August 16, 2019

Federal Labor spokesman on International Development and the Pacific Pat Conroy claims 65 per cent of Australia’s coal exports are metallurgical coal, which is essential for making steel.

August 14, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post has compared the amount of government compensation paid to asylum seekers detained on Manus Island with the amount of assistance paid to drought-affected farmers.

August 12, 2019

Federal coalition MP Keith Pitt has called for nuclear power to be investigated as an option for Australia, claiming every other OECD nation is using nuclear for power generation.

August 9, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post claims that 35.5 per cent of Australians aged 65 and over are “living in relative poverty”.

August 9, 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison claims just 12 per cent of Australia's waste plastic is being recycled, a rate that is "breaking the faith" with people who are doing the right thing.

August 8, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Facebook post by the group Fair Dinkum Mate 2 claims there have been no Jewish and no Christian terrorist attacks since September 9, 2001.

August 7, 2019

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson claims three European countries have a higher incidence of mass shootings than America.

August 5, 2019

Government Services Minister Stuart Robert has defended Centrelink's automated debt recovery system amid claims of debt recovery notices being issued in the flood-hit Queensland city of Townsville.

August 1, 2019

Senator Kristina Keneally wants Raheem Kassam’s visa cancelled because he “has an extensive history of vilifying people” for their “race, religion, sexuality and gender”.

July 29, 2019

Five federal coalition government ministers claim two-thirds of Newstart recipients stop receiving the benefit within a year.

July 26, 2019

Attorney General and Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter claims Labor is responsible for underfunding the organisation charged with investigating workers being underpaid.

July 22, 2019

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson claims more money needs to be invested in infrastructure to create employment and solve the problem of more people looking for work than there are jobs.

July 19, 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison claims year six students don’t know where their food and fibre comes from.

July 17, 2019

Labor frontbencher Jason Clare accuses the government “ripping the guts” out of TAFE and taking money out of higher education.

July 11, 2019

Anna Reynolds, Lord Mayor of Hobart, claims her city is struggling under the weight of a growing population and rising property prices.

July 9, 2019

Federal Minister Luke Howarth claims “it is important to put a positive spin” on homelessness.

July 4, 2019

Independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie claims Tasmania's health system is in crisis and accuses the state government of diverting billions in federal funding away from the sector.

July 3, 2019 - Social Media Claim

Online promotion for a new Australia-only streaming service said to rival Netflix is a scam aimed at gathering credit card details .

July 3, 2019 - Social Media Claim

A Common Cause Australia group member used a British report published on Channel Nine to claim Muhammad was Australia’s top 2019 baby name.

July 3, 2019 - Social Media Claim

The former governor-general and ABC journalist Leigh Sales are the subject of a fabricated interview transcript that's been circulating the internet since 1997.

July 2, 2019

NSW Farmers Association CEO Peter Arkle is seeking support from the banks for farmers who are doing it tough due to a lack of rain.

June 28, 2019

WA Tourism Council chief executive Evan Hall claims the state's international visitor revenue should be ringing alarm bells.

June 24, 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison claims Labor needs to learn from this year's federal election defeat and pass the coalition’s tax package.

June 21, 2019

NSW Council of Social Service chief executive Joanna Quilty claims the state government is not committed to tackling homelessness and disadvantage.

June 20, 2019

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet wants a review into federal funding, claiming it is “manifestly unfair” to NSW.

June 19, 2019

Australian Local Government Association president David O'Loughlin claims the states are collectively sitting on more than $1 billion in their waste levy accounts and only giving a fraction back to councils for recycling.

June 18, 2019

Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad claims the Sunshine State is an energy powerhouse that is firing Australia's exports.

June 17, 2019

Australian Workers Union national secretary Daniel Walton claims Australia has a poor industrial relations cooperation record.

June 13, 2019

Federal Liberal MP Craig Kelly claims Labor’s CO2 emission targets would have “smashed” Australia’s economy.

June 12, 2019

Alliance for Gambling Reform's Tim Costello compares Australia’s gambling “obsession” to America’s gun violence problem.

June 11, 2019

Former intelligence chief Dennis Richardson claims more than half of public servants live outside of the ACT.

June 7, 2019

Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad downplays the importance of the Adani Carmichael coal mine project, slated for central Queensland’s Galilee basin.

June 7, 2019

The first Chinese-Australian female federal MP has vowed to represent all members of her electorate, regardless of ethnicity or politics .

June 6, 2019

Premier Steven Marshall claims South Australia needs more people to address a skills shortage that’s negatively impacting his state’s economy.

June 5, 2019

Brisbane Airport executive Jim Parashos claims the city's airport expansion will eventually double capacity.

June 4, 2019

Labor spokeswoman for Home Affairs Kristina Keneally claims counterpart Peter Dutton has lost control of Australia's borders, including visa and citizenship processing.

June 3, 2019

Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam says the Andrews Labor government has its priorities out of order in the state budget.

May 31, 2019

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive James Pearson claims increasing the minimum wage is risky because it is already at world-best rates.

May 31, 2019

On the eve of restrictions coming into effect in greater Sydney, NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey wants everyone to reduce their water use.

May 30, 2019

Greens senator and disability spokesperson Jordon Steele-John claims the NDIA staffing cap was picked out of thin air.

May 29, 2019

Ipsos pollster Jess Elgood claims the theory that punters are smarter than pollsters at predicting elections results is dead.

May 28, 2019

Labor party leader Anthony Albanese vows to reconnect with 25 per cent of voters who he claims shunned the major parties at the federal election.

May 27, 2019

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW claims Australia's standard for sulphur dioxide (SO2) pollution fails to measure up to the World Health Organisation, US, China and the European Union.