Australian R18+ Rating Impossible at March SCAG Meeting

February 16, 2011 -

Australians hoping that the R18+ issue would be resolved at a March Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) meeting had their hopes dashed once again as the government pushes the issue back to deal with local elections. New South Wales attorney-general John Hatzistergos confirmed that, because he would not be able to attend the March SCAG meeting, any decision or further discussion on R18+ would have to wait until after his re-election campaign. In order to approve the R18+ rating, all state and territory attorneys-general have to agree to it.

Australians expected to see progress on this issue at the March 4 SCAG meeting in Wellington, New Zealand.

"Our caretaker period begins on March 4, which is also the first day of the SCAG meeting," Hatzistergos's spokesperson told GameSpot AU. "However, the NSW attorney-general will not be attending the SCAG meeting. So he will not be able to participate in any voting that takes place on any of the issues discussed."

Obviously, gamers in the country are disappointed and angry. r18games.com.au may have some advice worth heeding on the matter in light of today's developments:

"The best way anybody can help to bring about change in the classification system is to get involved. Under current legislation, any change to the Australian classification system requires unanimous support of all Australian Attorneys-General. Making contact with your Attorney-General and letting them know of your strong belief in the need for change is the single most effective way to bring about a fairer, safer ratings system for all of us."

Shorter answer: Keep fighting the fight until it is won. 

Source: GameSpot Au by way of our very own Cheater87.

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Re: Australian R18+ Rating Impossible at March SCAG Meeting

This is one of the other problems with a representative system... people spend way too much time campaigning rather then doing the job they were elected for (just look at the US president around election times.. basically takes off for months to do nothing but campaigning for themselves and others)...

 

 

Re: Australian R18+ Rating Impossible at March SCAG Meeting

So, he wont be able to attend this meeting and do his job because he'll be too busy campaigning to keep his job.  Sometimes I just have to shake my head at the world.

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