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Get Fact: is marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol?

Get Fact: is marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol?

US President Barack Obama has said marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Crikey intern David Ross takes a look at the figures in Australia to see if that's true.

Get Fact: will more expensive booze cut binge drinking?

Get Fact: will more expensive booze cut binge drinking?

Increasing the price of booze, especially cask wine, will cut binge drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence, right? Wrong, writes freelance journalist Callum Denness -- unless nanna's been hanging out at Kings Cross.

Get Fact: what secrets are hidden in McDonald's food?

Get Fact: what secrets are hidden in McDonald's food?

McDonald's has a new website where it will answer questions from the public. Nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton fact-checks some of the answers ... and finds Macca's may be somewhat selective in its information.

Get Fact: is the car industry right on fringe benefits changes?

Get Fact: is the car industry right on fringe benefits changes?

The car industry claims in press advertisements that changes to fringe benefit tax rules could "directly affect" 528,000 Australians. Are they right? Crikey puts it to the test.

Get Fact: how many asylum seekers turn up without ID?

Get Fact: how many asylum seekers turn up without ID?

Opposition immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison has been claiming that over 90% of asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia turn up without ID. Does that allegation hold up? Not quite ...

Get Fact: did every kid get a Labor laptop?

Get Fact: did every kid get a Labor laptop?

Kevin Rudd promised to give every Australian student in years 9-12 a lap top. But did Labor follow through? Crikey intern Bension Siebert finds out.

Get Fact: did the alcopops tax curb teenage drinking?

Get Fact: did the alcopops tax curb teenage drinking?

When the government introduced a 70% tax hike on alcopops, it promised the measure would fill public coffers and limit teenage quaffers. Crikey intern Shaun Ewart reports the actual result was different.

Get Fact: did half-a-million Aussies drop health insurance this year?

Get Fact: did half-a-million Aussies drop health insurance this year?

Millions of Australians would walk away from their private health insurance if the Gillard government means-tested the rebate, the industry warned -- and they produced "research" to prove it. Nine months after the means test started, freelance writer Ben Westcott tests that "research".

Get Fact: is it really 'cheaper to buy than rent'?

Get Fact: is it really 'cheaper to buy than rent'?

It's cheaper to buy a house than rent one, according to a story in The Australian Financial Review. We apply the Crikey Get Fact test to that rather bold statement.

Get Fact: has Rupert got it right on climate change?

Get Fact: has Rupert got it right on climate change?

Rupert Murdoch reckons the world is growing greener with increased CO2 and there's no need for renewable energy. Crikey asked forest ecologist Dr Chris Weston to analyse Rupert's conclusions for our Get Fact series.