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Australia: Home Affairs to bring R18+ bill before first session of parliament

Tuesday, 24th January 2012 07:12 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Newly incumbent minister for home affairs Jason Clare has been quick to pick up Brendan O’Conner’s reins, aiming to secure a vote on Australia’s proposed R18+ games rating in February.

“Our plans are to introduce the R18+ bill in the first session of parliament this year,” a representative for the minister’s office told Gamespot.

To make it through the Lower House, the bill will need the support of two two crossbench members to pass. The five members – independents Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor, Andrew Wilkie, Bob Katter, and Greens Adam Bandt – have not made their stances on R18+ public. Parliament will meet for the first time in 2012 on February 7, leaving just two weeks to contact your local MP and communicate your opinion on the matter.

If the bill passes through the Lower House, it will move onto the Senate, and require support from the Coalition or the Greens.

Australia’s attorneys general agreed to proposed classification reform in mid 2011 after years of debate. Australia currently refuses classification to any games judged too high impact for the MA 15+ category; the proposed changes would allow the legal sale of R18+ classified games, and also modify existing MA15+ category guidelines to ensure more consistent application.

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  1. BULArmy

    I really don’t understand what the problem for Australia is with this rating. Why they don’t want it? Is it so hard to list some factors which will make certain game 18+? This bill is like the most scary shit the Australian politics must face in their life, I think they will allow drug use more easily than this rating.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    The way I’ve heard it from everyone I know who lives in Australia, the country is ruled by a bunch Christian cunts struggling with the 21st century.

    They make it sound very conservative at least.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    @2, that’s pretty much what I hear too. The majority of the voters are middle aged, conservative and Christian, thus their government tends to follow suit.

    I get the impression that there’s just a massive lack of understanding or even desire to understand. Censorship is very harsh compared to most western countries for all media.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    @2, Our Prime Minister, the leader of the Labour party, Julia Gillard, is an Atheist. We Australian’s are just too undecided on most things & the way our politics work, it only take a few out of the majority to prolong or even worst, prevent one of our rare popular decisions like this case.

    Annoyingly, her opposition & leader of the Liberal party, Tony Abbott, has criticized her for being atheist which leads me to believe that if he were elected, he’d bring a heavy religious influence into Australian politics-nothing I fear more for our country, not that I think Julia Gillard is exactly the best option but far superior to some red neck.

    Also to note, we’re probably one of the freeist countries in the world when it comes to media, I often see scandals related to important political members in the news, I’ve also seen X rated movies available for rent at video stores(IDK if that has changed), we just get the odd fossilized politician who pushes for some bullshit rule that’ll only hurt the country every now & then, most the time it thankfully fails.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. BULArmy

    I really maybe misled or even racist, but I think of Australians as a more civilized V8 loving rednecks :D

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    @5, Our culture is heavily influenced by the USA above all, but the UK also has a large influence & we’re having an increasing amount of Africans & even more Asians calling Australia home. Just think of us as a cross between a regular European country & America. Thankfully we use the Metric system & are one of the few which drive along the left side of the road.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    @4 http://opennet.net/research/australia-and-new-zealand

    Doesn’t sound like the most liberated place to me.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Christopher Jack

    @7, The only thing that effects is that you have click yes or no to whether you’re 18 & above or not while viewing porn, illegal things like rape, & crimes such as violence would be illegal elsewhere too. Kids get in trouble for recording school fights & uploading them- which is completely fair, although the media has displayed several school fights to prove a point, like school violence or turn-about on a bully. Anyways, my point is while the internet may count as a way of obtaining media, it doesn’t mean anything to compare them.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. LOLshock94

    Australia went to shit since steve irwin died
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    #9 3 years ago
  10. Christopher Jack

    @9, The yanks loved him more than we did. Doesn’t mean that he wasn’t a great icon, it’s just I’d like to hit one of those obnoxious American’s who say ‘Crikey!’ every time they talk to an Australian.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. LOLshock94

    @10 hes a hero

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @8 Wait, are you claiming that the internet isn’t a medium? So censoring it isn’t actually censorship? :P

    Here’s the claim:

    “we’re probably one of the freeist countries in the world when it comes to media”

    I personally don’t find that to be very well supported by fact.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Christopher Jack

    @12, No, I’m saying that there’s no link between banning images & videos of things that are illegal globally, like illegal forms of porn & such, & the freedom of the media, unless you believe that the media should be showing such images & videos(nothing to stop them from reporting about it).

    http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/choose-australia/about-australia/five-freedoms.htm

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 I think you’re missing a lot of nuances in terms of the actual implications of legislation like that.

    Once you start letting the government decide what you’re allowed to see or not, it doesn’t just apply to those grotesque examples you pose.

    Are we supposed to start censoring combat footage? Aren’t people allowed to see their governments foreign policies in action? Are we supposed to censor video of a man being beaten to death while people look on? Aren’t people allowed to see the consequences of social apathy? Are we supposed to censor footage of kids tearing eachother apart? Aren’t we supposed to consider that when raising our own? What about cops tearing into a demonstration? It’s violent, but shouldn’t they be held accountable?

    That type of imagery isn’t illegal in most free countries on the planet, and it isn’t subject to censorship** – in fact it’s widely shown on TV, in documentaries and online, because it’s both relevant and in the public’s interest to be confronted with reality as it truly is.

    Which is what censorship is all about preventing. It’s about trying to control the reality you want to present people with.

    Journalism is called the fourth power of government because it’s the only power in our society that truly has an interest, as well as the ability, to provide people with a truthful view of their world. Limiting that serves no one but the people who seek to benefit by limiting or violating the freedom of others.

    **The face of victims must be obscured unless there’s consent.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Christopher Jack

    @14, All of your examples the media’s allowed to show, it’s just not allowed to be uploaded by someone like myself, as where would someone like myself get that kind of footage? Most Aussies who post those kind of things on YouTube get it taken down pretty quickly, I have no idea what kind of penalties they may face for it, if any (other than the removal of the video). As of right now, I can view just about anything on the internet that you can, I don’t know if there are any exception but I’m assuming that all developed countries would block blacklisted sites which is really the only thing ours is blocking.

    #15 3 years ago

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