Is this guy stubborn, or what?
South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson continues to be the sole roadblock to the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games Down Under. Movies already enjoy such a rating.
Oh sure, things seemed to be looking up last November when he welcomed a public debate on the merits of an R18+ rating pending “some minor changes” to a discussion paper introduced by the Standing Committee of Attorneys General (SCAG). But four months later, Atkinson has yet to make those changes.
In February, GameSpot Australia polled the nation’s attorneys general and found that, indeed, Atkinson is currently the only A.G. still opposed to the introduction of an R18+ rating. His colleagues support a public consultation on the matter but are stuck waiting on Atkinson. Said Victorian Attorney General Rob Hulls:
I fully support there being consultation on this issue, but ultimately the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) is waiting for the South Australian Attorney to agree to consult on the matter.
GameSpot AU recently contacted Atkinson’s office to inquire about the holdup and see if there was an ETA on the revisions.
Discussions are continuing between the [South Australian] attorney general’s office and the SCAG Secretariat about amendments to the discussion paper.
In other words, Australian gamer friends: Don’t hold your breath.
If Atkinson ever stops dragging his feet, the finalized discussion paper will be released online and survey the public’s opinion on the introduction of an R18+ classification for Australian games.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Correspondent Andrew Eisen.