Atkinson blocks public 18+ ratings discussion in Australia

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

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As reported by Gamespot, the politician has withdrawn his support of a proposal to allow the public to give its opinions on the inclusion of a higher rating.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