Labour’s cabinet reshuffle has seen former federal minister for home affairs Brendan O’Connor relinquish the portfolio governing Australian classifications in favour of the human services seat. O’Connor has been an outspoken champion of classification reform, demonstrating a genuine understanding of the needs of the games industry and its customers as well as the protection of children from mature content. Under his guidance, the nation has come closer to the introduction of an R18+ ratings category than ever before. He will be replaced by former minister for defence material Jason Clare, whose views on classification reform are as yet unknown.
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