Labor published this misleading infographic
This morning, the Australian Labor party just published a misleading infographic on Facebook, comparing healthcare expenditure in Australia vs the US, France and Sweden:
Why is it misleading?
- They compare the 2011-12 US figures with the 2001-2011 figures for Australia. So Australia’s figure was 0.4% lower than it should have been. Minor, I know, but still…
- They implied that all figures were from 2011-2012 (in their source attribution).
- Their graph is visually misleading. The US bar is more than twice the height of the Australian bar, which implies that 17% is more than twice as much as 9.1/9.5%, which it clearly isn’t. The proportions of the other bars are even worse.
Here’s the actual graph from the report
And here’s my marked up version of both
I told them about it, but I think they deleted my comment!
Once I checked the source, and figured out they were being misleading, I commented on Tanya Plibersek’s Facebook update (which was there that I first saw the infographic). I posted 2 comments, but my first comment is no longer appearing. I’m not sure if it was deleted, but it seems to me that it has been.
Labor is as bad as Liberal
I’ve urged Tanya to fix the infographic and publish an apology. This sort of misinformation is as bad as Liberal’s. I wish Labor would stop doing it. Governance isn’t about politics! It’s about doing the right thing for the people you serve. The ends do NOT justify the means.
Australians already think they have only a choice between two lying parties. Misinformation like this simply confirms that believe.
Labor, stop lying and behaving like children and GIVE US A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE!