As GamePolitics has previously reported, elected officials in Australia are considering the addition of an R18+ rating for video games. Currently, any title that doesn’t meet the content standard for Australia’s MA15+ is effectively banned.
Writing in The Australian, columnist Ross Fitzgerald maintains that the move to an R18+ is being motivated by game industry lobbying:
The whisper is that… Attorney-General Robert McClelland (left) and his junior, Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus, have had a stream of lobbyists representing Nintendo and Microsoft in their ears about creating this new R-rating for violent video games.
Labor appears to be moving away from its stated policy of clamping down on violence as… members gang up on South Australia’s hapless, evangelical Christian Attorney-General, Michael Atkinson, over his veto on a new R-rating for computer games.
I’m no supporter of Atkinson’s deep social conservatism. I suspect that he rejects the R-rated computer game rating more for the sex in the R category than the violence… the rest of Australia’s state and federal attorneys should hang their heads in shame for trying to foist a category of computer games on us that will contain mostly mind-numbing violence.