Feb 4, 2013

Get Fact: was Abbott right on Howard’s flood watch?

The dearth of fact-checking among journalists means politicians are getting away with some very cheap politicking. Take Tony Abbott's comments on Howard-era flood measures. We apply the Get Fact check.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

How much fact-checking is going on amongst political journalists currently?

The week before last Prime Minister Julia Gillard used bogus figures from a security software provider as part of her justification for the government’s flash new cybersecurity centre. It passed without comment in the media.

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7 thoughts on “Get Fact: was Abbott right on Howard’s flood watch?

  1. K.D. Afford

    Flooding of Bundaberg is now a “one in two hundred year event,” according to Tony Abbott. Pardon me if I appear cynical, but careful avoidance of any reference to climate change is inexcusable and only gives FALSE expectations.

  2. MJPC

    So, if we have the same circumstance occuring in Feb2015 (as appear to have happened in areas of Brisbane) will our possible newly incumbant PM (God forbid)state it is a 1 in 50 year event?
    Playing politics with the environment has farther reaching significance than a bad headline in the local paper.

  3. zut alors

    The opposition leader spoke rubbish?

    It will be worth reporting on the first occasion he doesn’t.

  4. CML

    Bernard – The facts you have provided on this issue are either unknown to the rAbbott, which means he is plain incompetant, or he is telling li+s. Either way, this is providing misinformation to the public.
    For heavens sake! When are the journalists in this country going to start doing their job? The MSM variety should hang their collective heads in shame.
    Totally outrageous!

  5. Mike Flanagan

    He knows the facts but he will never let facts interrupt his personal ambitions and lust for power
    If there is a god, he should show mercy on Australia, for the handing of the treasury keys to this ninconpoop and his battery of squaking hens will mean eternal damnation to all of us.

  6. Mike Flanagan

    sorry left a ‘w’ out that ‘sqwauking hens’.

  7. klewso

    Pyne and Abbott – a poodle and a jackal – having a tug-o’-war on a rubber truth …. who’d win?

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