AAP FactCheck Articles

Snake venom can move despite entirely accurate: experts

ECT4Health’s claim venom transport in the lymphatic system is entirely passive is “not necessarily” true, according to the University of Melbourne’s toxinology expert Dr Timothy Jackson.

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“New” Queensland road rules post makes a wrong turn

AAP FactCheck examined each road rule mentioned in the post and found that all the rules do exist under current legislation. However AAP FactCheck has also confirmed that the rules have been in place for more than 10 years: having entered into force in Queensland’s Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 2009.

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Has there been a reduction in global carbon emissions as a result of Australia’s gas exports?

“We are seeing a reduction in emissions as a result of Australia's gas exports.” Federal Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor. August 30, 2019.

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Al Gore glaciers post melts under scrutiny

Glaciers form when snow and ice accumulates in one location for a prolonged period and forms a thickened ice mass, according to the US-based National Snow and Ice Data Center. Due to their mass, glaciers have the ability to move under their own weight. According to the Center, glaciers currently occupy 10 per cent of the world’s land area store 69 per cent of the world's fresh water.

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“Emotional reaction” quote falsely attributed to Warren Buffett

AAP FactCheck examined the purported Warren Buffett quote and found it has been attributed to other famous people, including actor and martial arts star Bruce Lee and Indian independence leader Gandhi.

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Campbell’s Soup “Customer Service” reply is fake

Campbell Soup Company is an American food and drinks multinational that was founded in 1869. The company’s canned soup featured in an iconic artwork created by artist Andy Warhol in 1962.

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Photo of soldier and jaguar not related to Amazon fires

AAP FactCheck traced the photo of the Brazilian soldier and the jaguar to Brazilian photographer, None Manguiera, who first posted the image to her Facebook page in March 2016.

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Has the number of self-harm incidents by people in offshore detention increased by 130 per cent since the Medevac law?

“One of the most alarming aspects, again as predicted at the time, is that the number of people self harming has dramatically increased, in fact up by 130 per cent after these laws came in and people are harming themselves so that they can come to Australia.” Peter Dutton, Home Affairs Minister. August 27, 2019.

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‘Woodstock’ cabling photo is from a 1994 Peter Gabriel album

The Woodstock Festival was held over three days in August 1969 at a dairy farm in Bethel, New York and became “synonymous with the counterculture movement of the 1960s”. Among the acts who performed were Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Santana, The Grateful Dead and Sly and The Family Stone.

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Woman caught with items under robe video not from Australia

AAP FactCheck found the video first accompanying a story published by UK newspaper The Telegraph on August 7, 2019.

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Worldwide coal plants claim is inaccurate

The Facebook post did not include a reference for the claimed power station statistics.

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Fluoride ingredient claim in Prozac is false

Prozac is a prescription-based drug used to treat major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

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Do heart stents cost Australian private health funds five times more than they cost in NZ?

"One of the most commonly used implants, cardiac stents, are five times the price in Australia as they are in New Zealand." Private Healthcare Australia chief executive Rachel David. August 22, 2019.

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ATM reverse PIN claim is false

The ATM reverse PIN claim has been circulating on the internet since at least 2006, according to fact checking outlet Snopes, which debunked a meme with the same picture.

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Socrates’ ‘slander becomes the tool of the loser’ quote is false

Socrates lived in Athens in the 5th century BC and was the first Greek philosopher to seriously explore questions of ethics. Born to a stonemason and a midwife, Socrates introduced the concept that "virtue is knowledge" but left no written records. Most of what survives was recorded by his student, the philosopher Plato, the historian Xenophon and Plato’s student, Aristotle, the philosopher and scientist.

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Motivational "before you act, listen" quote is not Ernest Hemingway

Author and journalist Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) is one of America’s literary greats, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Hemingway’s best-known novels include The Sun Also Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), Death in The Afternoon (1932) For Whom The Bell Tolls (1940) and The Old Man and The Sea (1952).

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No evidence to link Churchill to caring about what people think quote

Winston Churchill was a decorated statesman, politician, orator and author who led the British army to victory in World War II under his prime ministership. Researchers who studied his life told AAP FactCheck the quote attributed to 1953 Nobel Prize winner in the post was not accurate.

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Does New Zealand have 60 million sheep, each producing 30 litres of methane daily?

“New Zealand has over 60 million sheep. Sheep produce about 30 litres of methane a day. If (New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda) Ardern was serious about addressing "climate change" shouldn't she start by culling the entire sheep population of NZ?” One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts. August 14, 2019.

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Does metallurgical coal comprise 65 per cent of Australia’s coal exports?

Pat Conroy stated on ABC Radio National that 65 per cent of Australia’s coal exports are metallurgical coal.

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Figures for 2019 mass shootings list inconsistent

A Facebook post, titled “Mass shootings, 2019.”, lists the US with 249 mass shootings, Mexico three, Canada, Brazil and The Netherlands with one each while Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia and France had none.

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