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- Overall, we rate Australian Skeptics Pro-Science based on using pro-science methodology to investigate claims.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Australia 26/180
Founded in 1980, Australian Skeptics is a loose confederation of groups across Australia that investigate paranormal and pseudo-scientific claims from a responsible scientific viewpoint. According to their about page, they investigate claims that “range from what we might call the lighter end of the scale (UFOs, monsters and ghosts) where the most you can lose is probably some money or a little time, to those very dark areas of psychic schemes and quack cures where the results can be dangerous, damaging or even fatal.” They also publish The Skeptic Magazine.
Funded by / Ownership
Australian Skeptics is funded through donations and grants as well as a shop that sells merchandise and memberships.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website for Australian Skeptics provides news about those involved with the organization as well as educational resources for teachers. They do not provide news. In general, they are a pro-science organization that promotes science and rational inquiry.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Australian Skeptics Pro-Science based on using pro-science methodology to investigate claims. (D. Van Zandt 1/19/2017) Updated (12/25/2020)