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Making comments and contributing to forums and blogs on the ALRC website

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The purpose of moderation is to ensure that the discussion remains on topic, does not include offensive or discriminatory language and that no person’s privacy or security is breached.

Moderation policy

The ALRC welcomes your participation in its various online consultations. To ensure that your contributions meets legal requirements and the discussion stays on track, all comments posted to the blog will be moderated by the ALRC before publication, according to the Protocols for Participation.

Comments that do not comply with the Protocols below may be redacted or deleted.

Users of the website acknowledge there will be a delay to allow moderation and that publication of comments will not be immediate. The ALRC undertakes to moderate all comments within 1 hour of receipt, during work hours.

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Protocols for participation

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Commenting in ALRC forums and blogs is like having a conversation or speaking at a physical meeting, so normal social conventions apply. Help us to keep the conversation on topic by being polite, constructive and respectful of others.

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  • do not incite, encourage or make reference to conduct that may constitute a criminal or civil offence or otherwise violate Australian law.

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