To combat the noise generated by a five-week election campaign the ABC - and others - decided to try something different.

Facts? We've checked them.

There's no doubting 2013 will go down in history as Australia's first fact-checked election.

It began, all those weeks ago, with some inflated claims about debt - from both sides.

We heard a lot from Labor about Opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey's , which didn't stack up when scrutinised.

But too, when he claimed the Coalition had left Australia with $70 billion in the bank, and Labor would leave us $400 billion short.

In the middle of the campaign the gears shifted, as Labor focused on the Coalition's set-piece policy - the paid parental leave scheme.

Treasurer Chris Bowen said the scheme would take a .

That claim checked out, that the scheme would cost more than the country spends on childcare support.

The Prime Minister also got it wrong when he said that from hospitals during his time as the Howard government's health minister.

Closing in on the final week the environment came into play, with Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt talking up the potential of his direct action plan.

Tree-planting, he said, could significantly reduce our emissions: no carbon tax required.

. And Mr Abbott stretched things when he said without the carbon tax, choosing to ignore Labor's policy change that switched to a trading scheme earlier than originally planned.

And don't forget Clive Palmer, who , and said were higher than Africa, Asia and South America.

It could give you whiplash, the campaign spin-cycle.

The main thing we've found while checking up on our politicians is that they rarely make it up.

But they do like to play with context, economic concepts, legal boundaries - and even timing - to cast things in the best light.

All the more reason to keep a close eye on the people and institutions that influence and define our society – not just the politicians, but industry and interest groups as well.

And if you're wondering whether we had an impact... What's your verdict?

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