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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:24pm 26/11/10 | 24 Comments
Just two weeks out of the next meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, where the R18+ rating for videogames will be discussed, Senator for the ACT and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Kate Lundy, spoke to the Senate regarding the need for the classification, which we have available for you to watch embedded below.

Obviously she's simply reiterating thousands of points already made, but at the very least it means we have some pollies on-side with the issue, and she's articulate and informed enough that this is definitely a step in the right direction.

If you can't be bothered watching, you can read it all right here.




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fade
Posted 02:34pm 26/11/10
Means nothing until the AGs get onside.
teq
Posted 02:43pm 26/11/10
they'll have to bow to pressure eventually
Nerfington
Posted 02:43pm 26/11/10
It's awkward to watch politicians do a great job. Fantastic work by Senator Lundy, not just for gaming but for rarely seen civil and productive discourse in federal politics (from my experience at least).
fade
Posted 02:52pm 26/11/10
they'll have to bow to pressure eventually

like they have on abortion or gay marriage, right?
FraktuRe
Posted 03:15pm 26/11/10
Lundy has to be about the only competent politician around at the moment.
fade
Posted 03:21pm 26/11/10
on that side of the chamber.
ravn0s
Posted 03:31pm 26/11/10
she should have been given conroys job.
mongie
Posted 03:38pm 26/11/10
I wish she was given Conroy's job - maybe in 5-10 years.

Thing is, Conroy is a union power broker and I'm pretty sure Lundy is a fairly new senator.

FYI - She is married to David Foreman - Chairman of the CCC (Competitive Carriers Coalition).
koopz
Posted 04:09pm 26/11/10
she should have been given conroys job.


+10
teq
Posted 04:10pm 26/11/10
Definitions of eventually on the Web:

finally: after an unspecified period of time or an especially long delay
wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
Nathan
Posted 04:34pm 26/11/10
Kate has been a fantastic representative in the senate for the IT community for a long time, so its not at all surprising to see her get it right here on game classifications too.
Door
Posted 04:37pm 26/11/10
Definitions of eventually on the Web: finally: after an unspecified period of time or an especially long delay wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn


So it will happen between now and infinity years. Thanks for clearing that up.
Roland
Posted 04:38pm 26/11/10
Senator Lundy's speech is a BIG step forward. It helps in getting the support of the Attorneys-General. Stay tuned... Roland Kulen
Pinky
Posted 04:38pm 26/11/10
Yeah great work there. What a champ. Nice to see a competent politician - I'm not talking about one that has similar views to myself, just someone that is well-informed on the issues and has done their research.
Trauma
Posted 04:45pm 26/11/10
Agreed she did great and got the right points across, especially about the affect of ppl like me importing from overseas to get around the issue and having an affect on the growing market.

Though to be fair I've imported more games due to regional pricing than classification issues.
koopz
Posted 04:54pm 26/11/10
Though to be fair I've imported more games due to regional pricing than classification issues.


ditto.. and this part may just lead to a backfire
grug09
Posted 06:03pm 26/11/10
I have to admit, she does an excellent job at pointing out the important aspects of why 18+ is needed in an Australian market.

If only more politicians and members of society could be more informed on the issue.

Awesome job Mrs Lundy.
Trauma
Posted 07:55pm 26/11/10
Ditto? At the end of the day I don't care about any classifications as I can get what ever I want overseas. Still would be better to have the right classifications here.
Obes
Posted 08:06pm 26/11/10
Calm, intelligent, and well informed.

Obviously not question time ...

If I could vote for her, that would be enough for me to vote for her for life.
I almost feel like I should send a thank you email/card or something.


But ... its not worth a pinch of s*** on Sundays because the individual beliefs of 8 people determine everything relating to censorship.
fpot
Posted 08:15pm 26/11/10
Hey guys, before now and some time in the future, something will happen.

signed, teq.
Vs The World
Posted 08:26pm 26/11/10
She done good to base her points around money, since that's all anyone cares about
Stephen
Posted 03:16am 27/11/10
[quote]like they have on abortion or gay marriage, right?[/quote]

Well, he did say eventually. I'm certain gay marriage will be legal eventually, given how society is changing.

Anyways, I think she did and I hope the R18+ rating comes through. Eventually.
Reverend Evil
Posted 03:31am 27/11/10
Though to be fair I've imported more games due to regional pricing than classification issues.



ditto.. and this part may just lead to a backfire

Not nessercellery. That's more to do with us getting f***ed over with game prices and not games themselves being refused sale here. Even if games do get banned or whatever, we can still torrent them so it's not really an issue.
Eorl
Posted 11:02pm 27/11/10
This is an excellent presentation. Well informed, well put and just all round calm, intelligent and not bigot.
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