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Are one in four victims of intimate partner homicides in Australia male?

In the YouTube video The WAR on MEN is total government misinformation, John Cadogan makes the claim that "One in four victims of intimate partner homicide in Australia are male." He gives a ...
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Did Queensland Greens candidate Jonathan Sriranganathan teach people how to break into buildings?

The Queensland local elections are next week. I've seen an attack ad via text message against the Greens candidate for Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Jonathan Sriranganathan. It claims he held a class ...
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Does the "Double Demerit Point" scheme in parts of Australia reduce serious car accidents?

In Australia, drivers earn "demerit points" for committing driving offenses. Being awarded more than a certain number of demerit points in a given period (typically 12 in any 3 year period) ...
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Did Pfizer Australia give its employees different COVID-19 vaccinations to the general public?

A conspiracy-minded Facebook friend recently linked to the (Australian) Therapeutics Goods Administration's Batch release assessment of COVID-19 vaccines. It lists seven batches of the COMIRNATY ...
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Does getting more doses of COVID-19 vaccinations correlate to more hospitalisations in NSW, Australia?

Twitter user @LCHF_Matt has created a NSW Surveillance Report which is a dashboard that compare the rate of "events" (which can be configured to include COVID-19 deaths, COVID-19 ICU ...
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Was 10-year old Australian girl assigned homework to discuss erections and ejaculations with her father?

The Paradise writes Australian MP: 10-year-old School Girls Assigned Homework to Ask Their Dads About “Erections and Ejaculation” Original clip about the matter can be viewed on channel claiming to ...
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Are supermarket shelves in Australia currently empty because of absenteeism due to COVID?

A recent News.com.au article Scott Morrison announces change to isolation rules for workers in critical supply chain industries quotes Australia's Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly: [he] said that ...
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Is dancing at private New Year's Eve parties forbidden in WA, Australia?

Not The Bee has posted this commentary with a screenshot of some kind of an official WA authorities account claiming that dancing at private parties is not permitted: I tried to verify if this is the ...
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Are unvaccinated people 10 times more likely to get COVID-19 than vaccinated people?

In the article "Nobody should be forced to do anything, but freedom to choose cuts both ways" which was posted on the "New Daily" Jaqui Lambi an Australian federal politician makes ...
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Have Australia's emissions fallen to the lowest level since 1990

The Liberal Party of Australia posted a claim on Facebook that Australia's emissions have fallen to the lowest level since 1990. Is this accurate? Below is a screenshot of the Facebook post, and ...
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Have greenhouse gas emissions from Australian red meat production fallen nearly 60% since 2005?

The BBC is reporting that Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) is reporting that "greenhouse gas emissions from the industry have fallen by almost 60% since 2005". This seems to be from the ...
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Were Boundary Streets in Queensland named as boundaries that Indigenous Australians were not allowed to cross?

This Facebook post has been shared over 7000 times: Do you know the history of the many Boundary Streets around Qld? It was the boundary of where Indigenous Australians were not allowed to cross ...
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Are Australia's 5G radiation safety standards at least one hundred times laxer than of 6 other listed countries?

I saw this poster on the Facebook wall of a friend. The earliest I traced it was to Electrosensitivity Australia's Facebook wall where it was shared over 1700 times. RADIATION LEVEL SAFETY STANDARDS ...
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Did GetUp! only spend 16% of donations on campaigns in 2019?

The conservative political lobby group Advance Australia has made a claim on their Facebook wall about progressive political lobby group GetUp!: In 2019 GetUp! spent only 16 cents in the dollar of ...
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Does preferential voting disadvantage minor parties and independents?

Starting from something shared on a face book feed I came across a claim that a disadvantage of preferential voting is that it disadvantages (reduces the chance of being elected) minor parties and ...
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Are the Australian bushfires in the same path as a proposed high speed rail line?

Is it true that a proposed high-speed rail line is in the path of the brushfires? Source: https://noagendasocial.com/@AdamAtSea/103473125309193160 Also: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/
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Do wombats share their burrows during fires?

In the wake of the devastating bushfires currently burning in Australia, an image has been widely shared on social media: Here is one example from Twitter, retweeted 11K times: While I have an ...
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Is this a satellite image of Australian bushfires?

This image has been widely shared on Facebook and other social media platforms: Is this a satellite image of Australia, taken recently to show the currently burning bushfires, or is it a computer ...
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Are coal seams in Blue Mountains (Australia) burning?

The only source I found is a tweet that does not link to evidence, and I couldn't find reference to this with a quick search. Coal seams in the Blue Mountains caught fire today, so it’s gone ...
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Are these claims about tax paid in the 2017-2018 Australian tax year accurate?

On December 14, 2019, the Australian Greens posted a claim to their Facebook feed about taxes paid by individuals and various entities. The claim is in the image on this page, but essentially the ...
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Are 20% of cleaners, store packers, and food and hospitality workers in Australia on temporary visas?

In a recent Facebook post, Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts makes the claim that 20% of Australia's cleaners, store packers and food hospitality workers are on temporary migrant visas. According ...
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Does Victoria have the highest taxes, debt and power prices in Australia?

The Victorian Liberal leader Michael O'Brien in a Facebook post Makes the claim that the state of Victoria has the highest taxes, debt and power prices of all the states in Australia. Does this add up?...
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Does Australia produce unique 'specialty steel'?

Wikipedia quotes Bob Woodward's Fear : Trump in the White House, writing: Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull successfully lobbied President Trump to get an exemption at the 2017 G20 ...
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Is new nuclear power cheap? [duplicate]

A common theme amongst calls for nuclear power in Australian politics is the idea that nuclear power is cheap. For example, the United Australia party (Wikipedia) ran the below full page add making ...
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Do many commonly consumed food items in Australia have the halal certification emblem on them?

I found this quote in a viral email: "In Australia, and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the ...
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Did Dr Ulrich Mellinghoff Suggest 140Km/h would be a safer limit on Australian roads?

The description below has been shared by the Facebook group Sensible Speed Limits Australia which claims that Dr Ulrich Mellinghoff suggested 140km/h would be a safer speed limit in Australia. ...
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Were 50°C (122°F) days recorded across Australia during the 1800s?

The article Forgotten history: 50 degrees everywhere, right across Australia in the 1800s claims that there were regular recorded temperatures above 50°C across Australia in the 1800s: Australians ...
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Were there fewer first-home buyers in Australia in 2017 than seventh-home buyers?

An ABC news item today quoted a claim about the Australian property market without any indication that they verified it: [Queensland] State Housing Minister Mick De Brenni said that last year more ...
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Is Melbourne the third-largest `Greek city' in the world?

Melbourne, Victoria has a large number of people with Greek heritage. It often has claims that its Greek population rivals cities in Greece. For example: EMelbourne By 2004 Melbourne's Greek ...
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Are some vegetables from China being labeled as "Product of New Zealand" in Australia?

There are a number of claims going around on Facebook that foods purchased in Australia which are labelled as being from New Zealand are from China. This 2014 article in Macro Business explains: ...
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Will the new Royal Adelaide Hospital have a Muslim-only prayer room while other religions share?

This meme is making the rounds: The new Royal Adelaide Hospital will have an exclusive Muslim prayer room, while all other religions will have to use a common area. Share if you think this is ...
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Are home owners required by law to connect gas in Victoria, Australia?

The One Step Off The Grid website claims that home owners in Victoria are required to connect to the gas network. It does not give an easy way to verify this claim. Did you know Victoria’s building ...
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Does Australia have one of the Highest levels of temporary employment in the OECD?

There is a post being shared around by Australian Unions that claims Australia has one highest level of temporary employment in the OECD. The image has a list of 15 countries where the OECD has ...
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Is immigration the cause of bad traffic on Queenslands M1 freeway?

In September 2017 the Australian Federal Politician Pauline Hanson made a statement that has been broadly interpreted as "The heavy traffic on Queensland's M1 freeway is caused by high levels of ...
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Are raptors in Australia intentionally spreading brush fires to smoke out prey?

Articles have been popping up with headlines like the Daily Mail's "Birds of prey are starting fires DELIBERATELY: Kites and Falcons are 'intentionally dropping smouldering twigs' to smoke out mice ...
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Is this a real photo of Australia? [closed]

How was this photo captured? Is it CGI? It looks a little odd to me. EDIT: No, nobody claimed this was a real photo, I was personally curious and skeptical to whether it was, and unaware of the ...
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Do 7 out of 10 Australians support drug testing welfare recipients?

On the Liberal Party of Australia's Facebook feed they posted an image that makes the claim that "7 out of 10 Australians support drug testing welfare recipients". Is this true? What is it based on? ...
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Is it illegal to own a rabbit in Queensland unless you're a magician?

From all that is interesting How Bunny Rabbits Took Over Australia — And What The Government Is Doing About It In Queensland, Australia, it’s illegal to own a pet rabbit unless you’re a magician. ...
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Will Australian unions be getting $AU22m per year from superannuation funds?

This article from The Fair Go (a group sponsored by the Liberal Party of Australia) claims that Australian unions will get $AU22 million per year from superannuation. IF THIS RATE OF GROWTH ...
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Do Australian pedophiles travel to Southeast Asia to abuse children there?

Australia is considering a law that would ban international travel for registered pedophiles. The reasoning seems to be the assumption that they frequently travel to Asia or south pacific islands for ...
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Do smoking-related deaths save cost to health service?

Australian columnist Miranda Devine recently claimed that smoking-related deaths save cost to the health system: “Well cigarettes aren’t that bad really when you think about it,” Devine said. ...
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Is the Australia Post CEO the highest paid postal executive on the planet?

There has been a lot of noise recently about how much the Australia post CEO (Ahmed Fahour) earns. One of the statements I came across was in this image that states he is the highest paid postal ...
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Is Coober Pedy derived from an Aboriginal phrase for "White man in a hole"?

Coober Pedy is an opal mining town in the middle of nowhere in Australia. It's very hot, and lots of people live underground. I've frequently heard that it means "White man in a hole" in a local ...
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Have numerous people disappeared "without trace" at Black Mountain National Park?

Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park is a 781 hectare protected area in Queensland, (Australia). Wikipedia says: The area has a bad reputation as numerous people and those searching for the ...
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Have 5% of Australian Catholic priests been charged with child sexual abuse offences?

From The Monthly: Letting Catholic priests into Australia was a mistake There are around 3000 Catholic priests in Australia, plus a few hundred retirees. Of these, an astonishing one in 20 has ...
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Do Australian Aboriginal people have low intelligence and sexual control?

Margaret Sanger wrote in What Every Girl Should Know: Sexual Impulses--Part II New York Call 29 December 1912 and also in her 1916 What Every Girl Should Know at page 47 and a 1920 version and in ...
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Do Australian cyclists need to pay registration fees?

The Facebook page "Meanwhile in Australia" has posted a meme with over 10,000 likes, and about 2,000 shares: All Australian bike riders will now have to carry photo id and pay rego just ...
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Do drop bears exist?

A drop bear is a carnivorous bear that is known well for hanging in the tops of trees, and dropping down on potential prey to attack, hence the name. They eat medium-large mammals, often times many ...
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Does Halal certification fund terrorism?

Australia's One Nation political party claims Halal certification funds terrorism: Do you realise that you are paying a tax/surcharge that funds ISLAMIC SCHOOLS AND MOSQUES, when you do your shopping?...
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Did unrestricted speed limits lead to fewer deaths in the Northern Territory of Australia?

Drive reports that a section of highway in the Northern Territory has has been switched back and forth between no speed limit, and 130 km/h speed limits over the past decade or so, with some dispute ...
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