Terms & Conditions

My Gungahlin expects and welcomes contributions that stimulate debate and discussion. While encouraging vigorous debate, we expect all participants to treat each other with respect and courtesy.

My Gungahlin aims to provide a balanced coverage of issues. All contributions and interactive features reflect the views of its participants. From time to time, one particular side of the debate may dominate views expressed. This simply reflects the natural flow of contributions we receive.

You may use, or register and contribute to My Gungahlin Community subject to the following terms and conditions. These conditions apply to any content contributed in any format to any platforms hosted or facilitated by My Gungahlin.

Editorial Direction, Contribution, Sponsored Content, Complaints, and Comment Moderation Policy 2019

We believe that passionate debate between intelligent people who disagree creates better outcomes.

At My Gungahlin, we strive to promote debate by providing clear editorial direction, while encouraging the community to participate within the guidelines of our contribution and comment moderation policy.

Editorial direction

General
The directors of My Gungahlin have made it clear that, while we have a commercial agenda, we do not have a political agenda. We strive to provide balanced coverage in terms of news and opinion content about the key events and developments that affect the lives of the people of Canberra and surrounding regions.

News
Each news article is to be balanced, factual and adhere to industry standards.

Opinion
In order to promote robust debate, balance in opinion coverage is to be maintained by the editorial team by engaging a range of contributors across the political spectrum. We aim to ensure that on any given topic, evenhanded publishing of a diverse range of views is delivered to our readers.

We strongly encourage our opinion writers to lead the debate by taking a position on any given issue and thoroughly arguing their case. We encourage writers (both featured and guest) to engage with each other through comments and to write opposing pieces where they feel alternate arguments on a specific topic have not been canvassed.

Comments and social media participation
We recognise that the heart of My Gungahlin is community participation in the debate. We maintain that a key point of difference for My Gungahlin is its delivery of a high standard of comment and social media moderation. Our goal is to promote vibrant, intellectual, entertaining, and on-topic discussion while screening out anything that is illegal, immoral or fattening.

In the near future, we intend to enable Facebook and Google sign on, in addition to the current manual log-on process. We believe that syndicated sign-on will streamline the ability to easily post content directly to the site.

To promote more lively conversation, we limit the length of comments on the site to a maximum of 300 words.

Moving forward, the primary criteria for comments on the site or our social streams to be approved is that the comment makes a meaningful contribution to the debate while adhering to our contribution and comment moderation policy.

Contribution and comment moderation policy

My Gungahlin will not publish content that:

  • infringes intellectual property rights or copyright
  • is defamatory
  • violates laws regarding harassment, discrimination, privacy or contempt
  • is abusive or offensive, including obscenity, blasphemy and racial vilification
  • is condescending
  • promotes hatred of any kind
  • attacks the writer not the argument
  • is inflammatory or blatantly off-topic
  • is intentionally false or misleading
  • doesn’t make sense or is of nuisance value
  • is inappropriate or vexatious
  • could place the writer at risk.

For example, My Gungahlin reserves the right to reject contributions on topics that have already been widely canvassed in the forum. It also reserves the right to reject contributions from participants who seek to dominate the discussion.

We will also not publish material that:

  • compromises the privacy of our readers, contributors or staff
  • contains inappropriate personal information or content
  • seeks to endorse commercial products or activities or to solicit business (with the exception of sponsored content, which is published by arrangement and clearly marked as paid material – see more details below)
  • deliberately provokes other community members.

Repeated breaches of these guidelines will lead to suspension from the site. Posting on behalf of a suspended member may also lead to being blocked.

My Gungahlin will continue to encourage its readers to submit articles for possible publication, but these must be published under the real name of the submitter except by arrangement with the editor in cases where the writer feels anonymity is necessary.

In certain cases, an article can also, by arrangement, be published under the name of a business or organisation.

Despite our best efforts, from time-to-time something may slip through the cracks. If you believe this has happened, please report the article or comment to us for a secondary review.

Sponsored content policy

In order to support My Gungahlin, we have a number of commercial partners who receive featured articles and banner advertising, as well as provide us with sponsored content. Below are the details of our sponsored content policy.

Contributor patronage
Wherever a contributor has a current or prior relationship with the subject of a My Gungahlin article or receives any form of patronage from them; this must be disclosed either in the content or at the conclusion of the article.

Contributor feature articles
My Gungahlin partners can commission news, opinion, or feature articles from our featured contributors as part of their partnership package. If the content is to be published as news, the sponsor cannot determine the content of the article and it must meet journalistic standards for news content.

Sponsor-provided content
My Gungahlin partners can sometimes supply sponsored content articles as part of their partnership package.

All sponsor-provided content must be posted from their organisation’s My Gungahlin account, and disclosed as sponsored content at the conclusion of the article.

Region Complaints policy

Region Group’s editorial policies state our unwavering commitment to producing accurate, balanced and fair content, as well as the right-of-reply and a formal complaints handling process.

When a complaint is received, Region will seek to deal with it as quickly as possible. We aim to respond within 30 days of receipt of the complaint and to resolve the matters as swiftly as practicable, although some complex matters may take longer to resolve. Response to complaints will be determined by the seriousness of the matter, the likelihood of harm to a person or persons, the potential to mislead, the degree of risk to the public and the genuine risk to reputation.

Region is committed to respecting the confidentiality of complainants.

Complaints may be lodged with Region Group by letter to Unit 5, 27 Napier Close, Deakin ACT 2600 ATTN: Geneveive Jacobs, or via email to [email protected].

To meet the requirement of fairness to all parties in complaint handling, any staff who may be adversely affected by the outcome of the investigation must have the opportunity to be heard during the investigation and appropriately informed of the outcome.

Region reserves the right to determine, implement and record any remedy arising from a complaint investigation.

Region may choose not to continue dealing with a complaint when the complaint does not refer to a specific item of Region content; when the complaint concerns content which is or becomes the subject of legal proceedings; where the complainant does not have a sufficient interest in the subject matter of the complaint, or where the complaint is frivolous or vexatious or not made in good faith. In such cases Region reserves the right to terminate all correspondence. The complainant will be advised of this decision in writing.

A complaint is resolved when Region has taken all fair and reasonable steps to address the cause of the complaint. Responses to a complaint of substance will be finalised with the complainant in written form.

Where a complainant is not satisfied with the resolution process, Region will advise the complainant of the option to refer the matter to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Terms of Use

1. General
1.1 By visiting, registering or using this site in any way you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. These terms and conditions of use may be changed at any time the sole discretion of My Gungahlin.

1.2 Any content that you read on MyGungahlin.com.au is solely the opinion of those registered users who express them, whether they be informed or otherwise. No material on this site contributed by third parties or linked to for the purposes of discussion is considered the views of or endorsed by My Gungahlin, its officers or directors. You should conduct your own research before relying on any opinion expressed on this site. Any content that you contribute to this site is your opinion only.

1.3 You may be held legally responsible for the content you submit to MyGungahlin.com.au’s discussion forums.

1.4 MyGungahlin.com.au will determine, at its discretion, whether to edit, publish (or remove from a site) any of your content. In particular, material if MyGungahlin.com.au (in our editor’s opinion and our opinion only) considers to be:

    1.4.1 defamatory, or otherwise unlawful or that it violates laws regarding harassment, discrimination, privacy or contempt; –
    1.4.2 intentionally false or misleading;
    1.4.3 an infringement of intellectual property rights or copyright. See below for further information on copyright;
    1.4.4 abusive or offensive, including obscenity, blasphemy and racial vilification;
    1.4.5 of nuisance value, inflammatory, inappropriate, off topic or vexatious. For example the MyGungahlin reserves the right to reject contributions that have been widely canvassed in the forum. It also reserves the right to reject contributions from participants who seek to dominate the discussion;
    1.4.6 compromising the privacy of yourself, other contributors or of MyGungahlin staff, or containing inappropriate personal information;
    1.4.7 seeking to endorse commercial products or activities or to solicit business;
    1.4.8 deliberate provocation of other community members;
    1.4.9 a posting on behalf of a suspended member. This may lead to you also having your membership locked.

1.5 You acknowledge that MyGungahlin.com.au may use all intellectual property rights in your content throughout the world, in perpetuity, without restriction and without making payment to you, including publication of that material in hard copy publications or in electronic media, using your content in training, advertising or promotional material for MyGungahlin.com.au and permitting others to do any of these, including when MyGungahlin.com.au and others receive payment for this.

1.6. You warrant that:

    1.6.1 you own your content and all rights in relation to your content;
    1.6.2 you obtained your content in a manner which does not breach any laws or the rights of any person;
    1.6.3 your content is accurate and reflects actual people and events and you did not digitally alter images or footage in any way to create your content or impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
    1.6.4 your content, your provision of your content MyGungahlin.com.au and the use by MyGungahlin.com.au of your content, in each case as contemplated in these terms and conditions, does not breach any law (including laws relating to privacy, intellectual property, and defamation) or the rights of any person;
    1.6.5 your content, at the time you send it to MyGungahlin.com.au, contains no virus or other code or material embedded in it which will have a negative impact on MyGungahlin.com.au’s services or infrastructure;
    1.6.6 your content is not being provided for a commercial purpose (including that you are not soliciting funds, have not accepted payment for promotion, or are promoting particular goods or services in which you have a vested commercial interest); and
    1.6.7 you did not forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or SMS.

1.7 Repeated breaches of these Conditions of Use may cause the MyGungahlin to complain to the Internet Service Provider of the person responsible, and in very serious cases, initiate legal action.

1.8. On submitting any comment or content to MyGungahlin.com.au for publication in any media, you indemnify RiotACT Holdings Pty Ltd and its officers, employees, and agents against any damage or loss made against or suffered by any of those indemnified arising, in whole or in part, as a result of:

    1.8.1 the publication by MyGungahlin.com.au or a person permitted by MyGungahlin.com.au of your content; or
    1.8.2 a breach by you of these terms and conditions.

1.9 My Gungahlin may use your email address to contact you from time to time.

2. Copyright
2.1 Material published on the internet is protected by the same laws of copyright which apply to books, videos, and music.

2.2 The right to “copy” always remains with the owner of the material. Unless expressly stated otherwise, you are not permitted to copy or republish anything you find on the internet without the copyright owner’s permission.

2.3 If you wish to refer to material on someone else’s website we recommend you include an attribution in your message. MyGungahlin allows links to other websites at its sole discretion.

2.4 Under Australian copyright law, limited quotation is permissible in the context of genuine review and criticism. However, this does not permit extensive quoting of song lyrics etc.

Note: You are welcome to quote content from My Gungahlin within your contributions, however, we ask that you attribute the URL of My Gungahlin page where you found the quote or picture or sound.

2.5 When you submit content, in any format, you acknowledge that you have all necessary rights, including copyright, in the material that you are contributing to My Gungahlin. You agree that My Gungahlin may use the material online and in whatever other ways My Gungahlin chooses, now and in the future.

3. Comments and Complaints
3.1 Complaints or comments about the content and management of particular interactive features can be made via the Contact Us page.

4. Registration and Login Names
4.1 MyGungahlin may refuse registration of visitors whose suggested login names are considered inappropriate. Grounds for refusal may include:

    4.1.1 offensive content;
    4.1.2 obscenity;
    4.1.3 abuse;
    4.1.4 defamatory content;
    4.1.5 contempt;
    4.1.6 incitement;
    4.1.7 copyright infringement;
    4.1.8 brand names or registered trademarks;
    4.1.9 company or organisation names;
    4.1.10 names of high-profile or public figures; or
    4.1.11 names promoting political, religious, social or economic issues.

4.2 My Gungahlin reserves the right to refuse suggested login names at its sole discretion.

4.3 My Gungahlin will not accept any registration that My Gungahlin suspects is being made by or on behalf of a member who has been suspended for repeated violation of these conditions of use.

4.4 Repeated breaches of these Conditions of Use may cause My Gungahlin to lock and/or delete member registrations.

5. Event Calendar
5.1 When you submit an event you must include a contact point such as an email address or a phone number that will be published with the event details. This is to provide the public with a source of further information and My Gungahlin with a way of confirming listing details. Events submitted without a genuine contact email address or phone number will not be published.

5.2 My Gungahlin reserves the right to publish or delete items in event calendar at its sole discretion.

Privacy Policy

What this Privacy Policy Covers

This Privacy Policy covers My Gungahlin’s treatment of personally identifiable information that My Gungahlin collects when you are on My Gungahlin site, and when you use My Gungahlin’s services. This policy also covers My Gungahlin’s treatment of any personally identifiable information that My Gungahlin’s business partners share with My Gungahlin or that My Gungahlin may collect on a partner’s site.

This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that My Gungahlin does not own or control, or to people that My Gungahlin does not employ or manage.

Information Collection and Use

My Gungahlin collects personally identifiable information when you register for a My Gungahlin account, when you use certain My Gungahlin products or services, and when you enter promotions. My Gungahlin may also receive personally identifiable information from our business partners.

When you register with My Gungahlin, we ask for your email address, Age range, gender, and other data. Once you register with My Gungahlin and sign into our services, you are not anonymous to us.

My Gungahlin also automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser including your IP Address, My Gungahlin cookie information, and the page you requested.

My Gungahlin may use this information for three general purposes: to customise the advertising and content you see on our pages, to fulfill your requests for certain products and services, and to contact you about specials and new products.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

My Gungahlin will only send personally identifiable information about you to other companies or people when:
We have your consent to share the information;
We need to share your information in order to provide the product or service you have requested;
We need to send the information to companies that work on behalf of My Gungahlin to provide a product or service to you. (Unless we tell you differently, these companies do not have any right to use the personally identifiable information we provide to them beyond what is necessary to assist us.);
We respond to subpoenas, court orders or legal process; or
We find that your actions on our web sites violate the My Gungahlin usage guidelines.

Cookies

My Gungahlin may set and access My Gungahlin cookies on your computer.

My Gungahlin may allow other companies that are presenting advertisements on some of our pages to set and access their cookies on your computer. The way other companies use their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies, not this one.

Your Ability to Edit and Delete Your Account Information and Preferences

My Gungahlin gives you the ability to edit your My Gungahlin Account information and preferences at any time. Note that anything you write in the ‘About You’ section will be displayed on your public profile page (by clicking on your name in any post or comment).

Security

Your My Gungahlin Account Information is password-protected for your privacy and security. In certain areas, My Gungahlin uses industry-standard SSL-encryption to protect data transmissions.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

My Gungahlin may edit this policy from time to time. If we make any substantial changes we will notify you by posting a prominent announcement on our pages.

My Gungahlin treats your use of this website as your acceptance of the My Gungahlin Privacy Statement and the terms and conditions of use.

Questions or Suggestions

If you have questions or suggestions please Contact us

This page was last updated: 16/05/2017.

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