Report – NSW attorney general to abstain from Friday’s R18+ vote

Monday, 18th July 2011 09:08 GMT By Johnny Cullen

GameSpot AU’s reporting this morning that the attorney general of New South Wales is to abstain from the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General meeting on Friday, which would have seen AGs as well as state and territory censorship ministers voting on the introduction of an R18+ rating for games in Australia.

The department of NSW AG, Greg Smith, has told the site that “more work” is needed on the issue.

“We’re not going down a definitive route,” said a rep. “More work needs to be done on this issue. We want to wait to see the results of the ALRC [Australian Law Reform Commission] classification review.”

As noted by GameSpot, if Smith does take up the abstaining stance, as promised, it would mean a further delay to the actual vote of the R18+ classification.

It was reported this morning that South Australia AG John Rau was to replace the MA15 rating with an R18 listing in the territory, regardless of events this Friday.



  1. RyRy


    #1 3 years ago
  2. TJP75

    How pathetic.

    It’s about time the Australian Federal Government passed a bill for R18+ games so we can align ourselves with the UK/EU/Nth America and we can get on with life. Why our politicians are so indecisive over videogames whilst “mature” and “graphic” movies and books are okay is beyond me.

    But at least we are the first country in the world to implement a carbon tax.


    #2 3 years ago

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