The Australian Government will finally debate and vote on an R18+ video games classification in February, according to several published reports. Former Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor had taken responsibility for the bill, and had been pushing for a vote on the subject for a very long time.
But during the recent ministerial reshuffle, O'Connor was moved to a new role as minister for Human Services, with ex-Defence Materiel minister Jason Clare taking over the office of home affairs. Speaking to Gamespot.au, Clare confirmed that the bill is still on track for debate and a vote in Australia’s first parliamentary session of the new year - February 7. If the bill passes the lower house, it will be sent to the Senate for a final decision.
Many see the debate portion of the process as a formality because the bill was already approved "in principle" by state ministers and a Senate majority last year. To pass the bill needs the support of two of five floating crossbench MPs.
Supporters of the bill expect that it will pass.