ABC creates Promise Tracker unit to monitor Abbott government’s pledges

ABC Promise TrackerThe ABC has built out its fact checking department launching a new Promise Tracker, monitoring the progress of the 66 key pledges made by the Coalition before last year’s general election.

Led by Fact Check editor Russell Skelton the new website will look “forensically” at the progress of the key promises made by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and colleagues before the election, with John Barron to deliver regular updates on their progress on TV and radio.

So far the tracker shows 44 of the pledges are “in progress” whilst 12 of them have been delivered upon.However, six are categorised as having been broken, including a pledge not to cut funds to the ABC or SBS.

Whilst it is a first of its kind in Australia it is similar to US site PolitiFact’s Obameter which tracks the progress of the US President. The Fact Check department was launched in the run up to last September’s poll to check the accuracy of claims made by candidates.

Skelton said: “There was so much emphasis in the campaign on how the Coalition would do things differently and keep trust with the electorate.

“The public perception is that a lot of promises have been broken. But when you go through it forensically, the perception is different to the reality.”

The interactive timeline shows the progress on issues, with the majority of those in progress or delivered on coming in May’s federal budget.

Barron delivered his first update from the new service last night on ABC’s 7pm news bulletin.


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