Australia's Federal Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare announced last month tentative plans to continue the work of former Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor in introducing an R18+ adult ratings classification for video games to lawmakers. At the time he said that he would introduce a bill in the February session of the parliament.
Yesterday Clare remained true to his word and now the long sought after change in the ratings system has been cleared by the Federal Parliamentary Caucus of the Australian Labor Party at its meeting in Canberra. With this hurdle in the rear view, the ratings board classification is ready to be introduced in parliament.
The R18+ bill needs the support of at least two crossbench members of parliament to be passed through the Lower House, Clare's office says it requires the support of at least two crossbench MPs. The crossbench MPs, according to GameSpot Australia, are Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor, Andrew Wilkie, Bob Katter, and Greens MP Adam Bandt. To pass through the Senate, the Bill needs the support of either the coalition or the Greens, both of which have indicated some level of support for the R18+ issue.
Hopefully some serious headway can be made on the bill in the parliament’s current session. We will bring you any news on this issue as information becomes available.
Source: GameSpot AU