AU Minister: We Need More Public Feedback on R18+

Before an R18+ adult rating for videogames can be introduced in Australia, Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor believes that more feedback from the community is needed.

O’Connor’s view, as detailed by GameSpot, comes after a pair of wildly successful petitions backed the introduction of an R18+ rating tier.

O’Connnor, who had previously attributed the R18+ petition support to “interest groups,” echoed that sentiment again, saying that the government still needed to hear from the “silent majority” on the subject.

Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (iGEA) President Ron Curry, had taken issue with O’Connor’s comment, responding, “I’m not sure how the [Home Affairs] minister pigeon-holes them as an ‘interest group’, because gamers cover all facets of society.”

This time around, the Minister stated:

Ministers are aware of the support for the proposal shown by the number of submissions received. However, they are also aware of the wide range of views on this issue in the community.

Ministers have made a commitment to discuss the issue at a future meeting and have requested further analysis of community and expert views to better understand the arguments on each side.

Some good news for R18+ supporters anyway, the issue is still on the agenda of November’s Standing Committee of Attorneys-Generals (SCAG) meeting.

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    Kalerender says:

    He’s elected to his seat by the people in his electorate, but his position is chosen by the prime minister. Sort of aggravating that essentially illiterate moronic dweebs can be given positions controlling the technological direction of my society without passing competancy exams on them, all due to power plays in back rooms.

    We have compulsory elections, so those who are enrolled to vote and don’t show up are liable for fines. Those who show up and decide to not vote, while legal, well they’ve waived their vote for that term so they were heard from in a way.

    Anyone have a link for public submissions? I might start grass rooting the issue and motivate a few parent groups I know.

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    PHX Corp says:

    can you use the Picture Deaf Politicans area that if a politican shows his utter stupidity in a article

    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

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    Cheater87 says:

    Havent they had enough people rallying for this R18 rating? How could they need more? They had game stores with BIG posters about it and discussion in newspapers, news and TV?

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