The Victorian government may throw their weight behind not
introducing an R18+ classification for videogames, if recent comments by new Liberal Attorney-General Robert-Clark on the subject are to be believed.
Speaking with The Age
, Clark resonated concern over the introduction of an R18+ classification for games, stating that it would allow games with "high levels of graphic, frequent and gratuitous violence", retail passage in Australia. "This needs careful scrutiny and public debate," he said. "The Coalition government is very concerned that the draft guidelines currently being proposed by the Commonwealth would legalise games with high levels of graphic, frequent and gratuitous violence, including violence against civilians and police."
As frequent followers of this debate will know, the Federal government is determined to fix the current classification model in Australia, with the Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O'Connor, a staunch supporter of the introduction of an R18+, leading the charge. However, in order for the introduction to happen, it needs the unanimous support of all Attorneys-General.
"The Victorian government will decide our position based on our assessment of whether the final proposal will adequately protect the community," Clark said.