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Tony Abbott: "Happy To Look At" R18+ Rating

At a public forum in Sydney last night, a Kotaku reader asked opposition leader Tony Abbott for his thoughts on an R18+ rating for games. Abbott said a Coalition government would be happy to look at the issue.

Kotaku reader Vitas attended the forum and asked Abbott: “What are your views on the absence of an R18 rating for video games and do you have any policies relating to this?”

Says Vitas: “The reply I got was quite positive. Parts of what he said was, ‘If what happens with video games is not roughly analogous to what happens in other areas, that seems silly.’ Also he seemed to be for it replying, ‘Instinctively I’m with you, and it’s something I’d be happy to look at, if we are in Government’ and ‘If you think there is a problem, I would be happy to look at it.’ Although he admitted he did not know there had been a debate on the issue.”

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard was also at the forum, but was not asked the same question.

Abbott’s response comes after he admitted he thought the current classification system – not just for videogames but across the board – was broken. Of the three major political parties, only the Greens have offered a public statement of support for an R18+ classification for games.

The issue will be discussed at the next Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, scheduled for November.