Bill for R18+ rating in parliament next month

by Ben Salter Featured 17 Comments 34 Votes 2345 Views 24/01/2012 Back to News

The bill to introduce an R18+ rating for video games in Australia will go before parliament when it first meets for the year on February 7.

An in-principle agreement was reached between the states in July last year, where former Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor said that it would happen in February, 2012. While O'Connor has been reassigned and replaced by Jason Clare, that time-frame will be honored, reports GameSpot AU.

"Our plans are to introduce the R18+ bill in the first session of parliament this year," a spokesperson for Clare's office said. "If it passes the Lower House, it will then go to the Senate for the same process."

However, it could be years before the amendments are made. After the bill passes through the Lower House, it needs to get support through the Senate.

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...Finally...Progress...
OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tano
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Cautiously optimistic.
They get the same holidays as school teachers? lol
and on my birthday too, hopefully it's brings good news.
This has been going on for far too long now...so I care not for it.

Diagonis83 said: and on my birthday too, hopefully it's brings good news.


what would be the good news?
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I might actually be 18 by the time it passes :P
I have given up waiting. I'll just keep importing banned games, which is a shame as I am not supporting the local economy.
Is this the same parliament who can't even agree on an asylum seeker policy?

God help gamers...
I doubt I'd ever play an R game but I want this to pass just for the moral of it, games shouldn't be censored.

blob said: I doubt I'd ever play an R game but I want this to pass just for the moral of it, games shouldn't be censored.


Have you ever played call of duty or red dead redemption and the likes? They would all pass as R under new legislation.

emery said:


Diagonis83 said: and on my birthday too, hopefully it's brings good news.


what would be the good news?



The good news is that they would be taking this seriously.
Right now I don't think we can expect any more than that.
They'll probably draw this out as long as they can
This stuff always takes ages. At least something is happening. 12 months ago it looked like one man would stop it.

scamper2 said:

blob said: I doubt I'd ever play an R game but I want this to pass just for the moral of it, games shouldn't be censored.


Have you ever played call of duty or red dead redemption and the likes? They would all pass as R under new legislation.


Oh, I thought it was just for things refused classification. But no, I don't play either :P
I'll probably die of old age by the time all this is wrapped up.

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