Australian Attorney General Backs Off... R18+ Rating Study Will Go Forward

November 7, 2008 -

While Australia's grownup gamer population has been clamoring for an R18+ rating that would avert the video game censorship which has plagued the country in recent years, South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson (left) has been blocking consideration of such a change.

Something, apparently, has changed Atkinson's mind.

GameSpot Australia reports that a discussion paper as well as public commentary on the R18+ are back on the table. According to Atkinson, a compromise was reached on the content of the discussion paper:

I believe the draft discussion paper did not adequately represent both sides of the argument. I voiced my concerns to other Attorneys-General and we reached agreement that some minor changes will be made to the discussion paper.

 

I am not opposed to a public debate on the merits of introducing a R18+ classification for electronic games--in fact, I welcome it. But it’s unhelpful to commence that debate with what I believe is a biased discussion paper. There is little point in seeking public comment on an unfirm footing that neglects one side of the argument. I look forward to contributing to the development of a fairer discussion paper.

The Age has more.

Thanks to: GP reader Cheater87 for  the link!


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Re: Australian Attorney General Backs Off... R18+ Rating Study

Biased = doesn't include my propaganda talking points.  No doubt he's annoyed because they left out the "facts" about video games making five year olds kill protitutes and cannibalise their corpses.

He's a typical anti-democratic hypocrite - only wants one side of the argument represented.  Anything that makes the opposition look worthy is just "bias".

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Re: Australian Attorney General Backs Off... R18+ Rating Study

Good news, for sure.  Best of luck with the debate, Aussies!

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Win or lose, to finally have a real serious debate with both sides of the bedate hopefully on national TV will raise the eyebrows of the average Australian to think twice about how Free Australia really is compared to the rest of the Democracy world.

 

It is all fine to go down the street and do what you want without hurting anyone, but when it comes to Videogames we gamers are still seen as children because that is what some of the politicians think of us,

Hope this is a start of things changing in Australia

 

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Wow someone is learning a dictatorship dose not work well in a democracy, unless you are the "leaders" of said democracy ....

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I think this could possibly be the only time special interest lobbyists have done anything that wasnt fail.

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Re: Australian Attorney General Backs Off... R18+ Rating Study

Heh, I wonder which side of the argument he thought was neglected?  Not that I blame him for it -- if they put up a discussion sheet which essentially said "games are bad" then we'd all be hollering about it for the rest of the day.  Gotta extend that consideration to both sides of the table.

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Re: Australian Attorney General Backs Off... R18+ Rating Study

I hope they allow it. But on the other hand what if its treated the same as the AO rating in America??? 0_0 What a twist!!!!

Re: Australian Attorney General Backs Off... R18+ Rating Study

I dont think humor and goveronment come with an age restriction.

 

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Re: Australian Attorney General Backs Off... R18+ Rating Study

The attorney general is now realizing all the backlash he would be getting, and is bending to the people

"People should not fear their governments. Rather governments should fear their people."

Re: Australian Attorney General Backs Off... R18+ Rating Study

All the government lackeys always have bias papers, why not them?

All in all, win.


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