In the lead up to the Federal Government's crunch-time
SCAG meeting for a final decision on the introduction of an R18+ classification, and a guideline overhaul, Tasmanian Attorney-General, David Bartlett, has done something few other Attorneys-General have - thrown his two cents into the public arena, and in support of the inclusion of an R18+ classification, no less.
“The introduction of an R18+ classification would help give parents a clear idea of which computer games are suitable for their children,” Mr Bartlett said in a statement. "It’s about giving parents clear information, a clearer choice, and more confidence in the games they buy for their children."
"An R18+ category currently applies to other forms of entertainment, like films and some magazines. It’s appropriate to use the same clear and consistent restrictions for computer game," he added. You can read his full statement
over on our friends at AustralianGamer's page.
Meanwhile, the Australian Christian Lobby have once again responded to Brendan O'Connor's call for decisive action on the issue, spewing forth
the same rhetoric they always do.
ACL does not accept the argument that introducing an R18+ category for games would protect children as it would be naive to think that children would not get a hold of them.
Commercial gaming interests are pushing for the ban on R18+ to be lifted and Mr O’Connor wants this to occur when Censorship Ministers meet at the SCAG (Standing Committee of Attorneys General) in July.
Yours truly left a comment in response to their statement, along with Kotaku's Mark Serrels. Unsurprisingly, neither of them were approved to be published :P