Post by Eorl @ 10:45am 28/06/14 | 36 Comments
Polygon is reporting that the Western Australian Joint Standing Committee on the Commissioner for Children and Young People has recommended in its latest report on the Sexulisation of Children that the Australian Classification Board should "prohibit the sale, supply, demonstration, possession or advertisement" of R18+ video games in the state of WA.
Currently the highest rating available to the Australian Classification Board is the R18+ rating, which was introduced into most Australian states and territories on January 1st, 2013 after a rather long-winded battle. Previously, the highest rating was the MA15+, which considering the nature of games these days was rather shallow of a rating, causing a number of adult-orientated games to be banned completely from sale due to the restrictive rating nature.
The Sexulisation of Children report, presented to the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council on June 26th, suggests that an entire range of commercially available R18+ rated content be completely banned from the state, including video games, movies, music videos and advertisement. The committee also suggests that provocative advertising should be made an offence when using minors, and that regulating beauty pageants and inquiries into "sexting" be conducted by the state.
"While the impact of sexualisation on children is difficult to quantitatively measure, and to distinguish from other influences in their lives, this does not mean that the issue should not be addressed," the committee said. "The Committee is equally aware that what is seen as a priority issue that needs substantive action by some members of society may be seen by others as normal experimentation or fun.
"While it may be the case that there is uncertainty and confusion about whether particular items or images constitute sexualisation of children, it is clear there is considerable anxiety amongst parents and society more broadly."
The full report can be read over here, with WA Attorney General Michael Mischin having been tasked with examining the report.