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CheckMate: Is there really a new 'genetic vaccine' being given to Aussie kids?

Viral posts on social media have suggested that a new "genetic vaccine" has been added to the immunisation schedule. What do the experts say?
A woman holds up a needle next to a vial.

Did Labor cut $3.2 billion from foreign aid then claim credit for putting it back in?

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Birmingham says Labor cut $3.2 billion from the foreign aid budget in October 2022 only to put it back in in the most recent budget. Is that correct? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.
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simon birmingham talks straight on to the camera wearing a black suit. Verdict: FANCIFUL

We fact checked David Shoebridge on Australia selling weapons to Israel. Here's what we found

Amid the continuing conflict in Gaza, Greens spokesman for Defence and Veterans' Affairs David Shoebridge says the government is selling "weapons, after weapons, after weapons" to Israel. RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.
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Shoebridge gestures with a hand as he speaks inside the mural hall.

We fact checked Mark Dreyfus on the Robodebt royal commission recommendations. Here's what we found

The government says it has agreed to 'all 56' of the Robodebt royal commission's recommendations. So then why does the report list the number as 57?
a man wearing glassed stands next to a flag looking sideways

How does Anthony Albanese's international travel stack up against other recent prime ministers?

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been under attack from the Coalition and some sections of the media since he took office for the number of international trips he has taken. But how does he compare to other recent prime ministers?
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Anthony Albanese, wearing a suit, stands in front of a Qantas plane, with the logo visible.

CheckMate: Are koalas being clubbed to death to make way for a Queensland wind farm?

Conservative politicians including Keith Pitt and Craig Kelly say killing koalas with blunt force trauma is part of the plan to make way for a Queensland wind farm. But there's more to the story.
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A mother koala with her joey on her stomach up in a tree, both looking towards camera

CheckMate: The most pervasive pieces of viral Israel-Gaza misinformation, all in one place

Advocates for both sides of the Israel-Hamas conflict have been using out-of-context images and videos to sway public opinion of the war. Here are the most pervasive myths so far.
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Large crater left where homes used to stand after Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

We fact checked Jim Chalmers on whether workers are $3,700 better off under Labor. Here's what we found

Treasurer Jim Chalmers says the average full-time worker is $3,700 a year better off under Labor. Is that correct? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.
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Jim Chalmers tight headshot wearing a red tie in front of an Australian flag VERDICT: Misleading with a red cross

We fact checked Jacinta Nampijinpa Price on Indigenous disadvantage. Here's what we found

In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, No campaigner Jacinta Nampijinpa Price said the gap in outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people was "more about place than race". Is that correct?
jacinta nampijinpa price medium close up speaking in a corridor. VERDICT: Oversimplified with an orange asterisk
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