Atkinson delaying public debate on 18+ games rating in Australia

Tuesday, 3 March 2009 11:30 GMT By Patrick Garratt


South Australian attorney general Michael “Head/Sand” Atkinson is refusing to allow a public debate on the launch of an 18+ rating for games in Australia by apparently failing to make amendments to a paper on the matter.

Atkinson said he was to make “minor” changes to the paper four months ago. He hasn’t. Until he does, no dice.

“I fully support there being consultation on this issue, but ultimately SCAG is waiting for the South Australian attorney to agree to consult on the matter,” Victorian Attorney General Rob Hulls said.

The office of federal attorney General Robert McClelland added: “At this stage, censorship ministers are considering the content of a draft discussion paper and awaiting comments on the draft from South Australia. Any changes to classification categories, including introducing an R18+ classification for computer games, require unanimous support of the Commonwealth and all state and territories.”

Once the paper’s finalised, the public will be invited to enter a debate on the introduction of the R18+ classification for video games in Australia.

Atkinson’s staunchly opposed to the 18+ rating. Read more on that here.

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