There is increasing disagreement about facts and analytical interpretations of facts in both Australia and the United States. While this trend is not unprecedented in history, the level of disagreement over objective facts and the declining trust in formerly respected sources of facts is a new phenomenon.

The non-partisan RAND Corporation is currently studying “truth decay” — the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life.

RAND's President and CEO Michael Rich – whose report on truth decay was on former US President Barack Obama's summer reading list – joined United States Studies Centre CEO Professor Simon Jackman, the ABC's John Barron and one of the leaders of the University of Sydney's Post Truth Initiative, Nick Enfield and Lisa Bero for a panel looking at truth decay.

This event was jointly presented by the USSC and RAND Australia