Facts Fight Back is an initiative of The Australia Institute, a Canberra-based public policy think tank, which conducts research on a broad range of economic, social and environmental issues.
While politicians should be free to make their case for what the big issues are and why their policies are best at tackling them, they should not be free to make up their own facts. Voters must be trusted to weigh their own priorities, but they cannot be expected to check the truthfulness of everything they hear.
For political debate to strengthen our democracy the political cost of deception needs to be far higher than any political advantage that flows from fabricating the facts.
Facts Fight Back will provide a timely and accessible source of information to help voters, journalists and the politicians themselves keep track of who is playing loose with the truth.