Legislation has been passed by Australia’s Federal Parliament to facilitate the introduction of a mature R18+ rating classification for video games, three years after the Attorney-General’s Department first published a discussion paper on the topic in 2009.
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To introduce an R18+ video games rating in Australia, each state’s Attorney-General has to reach a consensus. Tasmanian Attorney-General David Bartlett has always been one of the most passionate supporters of the cause – until he unexpectedly resigned yesterday.
Australian Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor’s wants to introduce R18+ for games by mid-2011, and according to Gamespot Australia, wants state and territory attorney generals to accept the guidelines proposed so it can be taken to a vote and implemented.
If you’ve been keeping up with the headlines, you could be forgiven for believing there were only two sides in the battle to create an R18+ games rating in Australia: South Australia Attorney-General Michael Atkinson and everyone else ever. Well, good news, Aussie guys and gals. Mr. Atkinson has decided to step down from the […]
Looks like over 55,000 people have responded to the R18+ discussion paper in Australia by the February 28 deadline.
Australian retailers EB Games, GAME and Gametraders are prepared to ready stores for the possibility of an R18+ classification in the country.
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