We’ve just this second gotten off the phone with Brendan O’ Connor. Jetted off towards the airport to catch a 5pm flight, he made the time to call Kotaku and fill us in on a number of details on the SCAG meeting and some of the outcomes.
“Look,” he began, “I’m just glad we reached some sort of consensus. This is a point upon which we can move forward from.
“It could’ve gone better, but there was a lot of goodwill in the room, and everyone agreed that things need to be changed with the rating system. We need to protect children from unsuitable games and we need to make sure that adults are allowed to play the games they want to play.
“It’s all about the guidelines,” he continued. “We need to have a clear consensus on the guidelines and we’re on the right track.”
We asked Brendan O’ Connor about the involvement of the Western Attorney-General, with regards to rumours he is responsible for the delay.
“Ah look,” he said, “Christian has a really open mind about the subject, and he is genuinely worried about the way games are currently falling into childrens hands under MA15+. Like I said there was a real consensus in the room, and this is a good first step. Changes will be made and the way we adjust the guidelines are a very important part of that process. We have to work out what’s in and what’s out.
“We also had a new Victorian AG, and he’s only been an Attorney General for a few days, so we really need more time to get everything worked out.”
“There’s a lot more work to do.”