Fact is, fiction's not only in politics

Some disputed facts – like whether Tony Abbott is sexist or Julia lied – are impossible to prove. That doesn’t mean journalism should be exempt from fact-checking.

Three fact-checking outfits have now been set up in Australia ahead of the federal election – the biggest at the ABC – with the mission to scrutinise statements by politicians, business leaders, trade union leaders and others involved in the public political and policy debates.


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