Report: Still Hope for AU R18+ Rating

November 30, 2010 -

The R18+ rating in Australia may have support with some attorneys-general, according to this GameSpot Australia report (thanks Ryan O'Meara).

The Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) meeting set for December 10 may be the place for the issue to get some attention; last week ACT Senator Kate Lundy brought up the benefits of the rating system before the senate, and this week Federal Opposition Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis talked to GameSpot AU about the importance of having an R18+. From Brandis:

"The Coalition recognises there are inconsistencies in the current classification system that need to be addressed," Brandis told GameSpot AU. "We are looking closely at a number of proposals as to how the Australian classification system can be more effective across all types of media, including games and software."

When asked if the Coalition would consider supporting a private member's bill on the topic of R18+ for games, Brandis said the following:

"The Coalition's response to specific legislation that may be introduced into the Parliament would be a matter for the Shadow Cabinet."

GameSpot AU also reports that Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor will present the R18+ topic to censorship ministers at the SCAG meeting next Friday. O'Connor has told GameSpot AU that he is keen to make progress, but did not say that he supports the R18+ rating.

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