Atkinson blocks public 18+ ratings discussion in Australia

Thursday, 30th October 2008 07:25 GMT By Patrick Garratt


South Australian attorney general Michael Atkinson has yet again blocked moves in Australia to step on a road towards a ratings system with an 18+ category.

As reported by Gamespot, the politician has withdrawn his support of a proposal to allow the public to give its opinions on the inclusion of a higher rating.

Atkinson was the primary factor in refusing an 18+ rating to go ahead earlier this year.

Currently, the oldest rating a game can receive in Australia is 15+. As you’ll know if you follow the news, the fact this is out of kilter with the rest of the world constantly gives rise to games being edited and refused classification in the country.

Atkinson gave no reason for the move.

“Whilst the issue is still formally on the SCAG [Standing Committee of Attorneys-General - Ed] agenda, it now appears unlikely that there will be unanimity from all jurisdictions to proceed further at this stage with introducing an R18+ category for computer games,” said Victorian attorney general Rob Hulls.

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  1. that_happy_cat

    What dingo got HIS baby?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Robo_1

    Love the image :)

    Draconian levels of censorship over there though.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Bizarre that one guy can basically veto the opinions of an entire country without even bothering to solicit them.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Who gives a fuck what the public want? It’s not like politicians represent their will.

    Oh… shit.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. InvertedSaint

    >Bizarre that one guy can basically veto the opinions of an
    >entire country without even bothering to solicit them.

    When Australia changed from several states into a single country, all the non-Victoria/New South Wales states were scared they’d lose all their power. The outcome of that is that whoever a tiny state puts in charge can bugger up my state.

    #5 6 years ago

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