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Victorian election 2018: How to spot and suggest a fact check

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Between now and November 24, when Victorians will choose their next government, they’re sure to be hit with more than their fair share of political spin, misinformation, half-truths, and maybe even a few brazen falsehoods.

That’s why we’ll be turning our fact-checking efforts to the issues facing Victorians as they decide the future course of their state.

And it’s why we want to hear from you, our readers – particularly those of you who live in Victoria. What’s the most pressing issue for you in this election campaign? What do you want to see fact-checked?

With your help, we’ll identify the most questionable claims and test them against the evidence, working with some of Australia’s leading academic experts to bring you information you can trust.

Here’s how you can get in touch with us, plus some ideas for locating material in need of myth-busting.

Things that make you go ‘hmmm’

Many of our FactChecks are published in response to statements made by politicians and other influential public figures. But there are plenty of other potential sources of misinformation.

Whenever you read or hear something that makes you think: “Really? Is that right?” That’s the perfect time to request a FactCheck.

For a claim to be checkable, there needs to be a data set or body of research evidence against which it can be tested. But don’t worry too much about that – we can assess the possibilities when we receive your suggestion.

The email address for requests is checkit@theconversation.edu.au. It helps if you can let us know where and when you came across the claim.

If the source is an........

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