Brendan O'Connor And R18+: "I'm Relieved It's Over"

We've just spoken to Brendan O'Connor about today's decision on R18+, and confirmed that he believes an R18+ rating will be put in place before the end of the year. He expressed relief that the issue now appears to be in the final stages of approval.

"It can happen because NSW just need to take it back to their cabinet and discuss it," said O'Connor. "They didn't say no, they actually said they didn't want to be the odd one out - so that sound positive considering the eight other states agreed in principle.

"And the reason it says 'in principle' is that there are some amendments that have to be made, and that's just a matter of the Attorneys-General taking these amendments back to their cabinets and approving it.

"I'm relieved it's over. And I'm especially appreciative of the WA and VIC Attorneys-General for their help on this."

We asked O'Connor how he felt about the situation being resolved, since his campaign for an R18+ rating in Australia arguably put him at reasonable political risk.

"Well, I really threw myself out on a limb with this one!" He laughed. "I felt that rather than take a back seat, you really have to go out there and take a lead. If you want to be in public life you have to put policy in place, and this is good policy."

We agree wholeheartedly with that sentiment.


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    Great news, but I have to say... that is a pretty terrible picture of the guy XD

      try one of these: http://www.flickr.com/people/brendanoconnormp/

      Ever noticed that politician's official publicity shots seem to be done by the same photographers that do school portraits? :P

        and real estate agents

    I'd never heard of this guy until Kotaku posted an article a while ago saying "Brendan O'Connor says it's gonna happen whether the AGs agree or not", but I sure like him.

    Hell, at nearly 27 years of age, he's the first politician I know that's stood up for something and made sure it happened.

      Have you even seen Independence Day?

        Will? Will Smith?

          Sprung!

          I'm just in Australia doing some research for my new movie.

          "The Julian Assange Diaries"

          Obviously playing the leading man.

      William wilberforce?
      He our william for gaming ;)

    Somebody buy that man a beer!

      Somebody buy him a brewery!

        Someone buy him a Mortal Kombat R18+ game...

          +1 internets

      I did, but I drank it in his honour

      I claim this day forever more: O’Connor Day

      I'm sorry, but even though beer is suitable for people over the age of 18, it is illegal because it's not suitable for people under the age of 18.

      LOLjk, it is now!

    *stands up and does a happy dance*

    I'm not in the habit of praising politicians, but I have to say this guy is the exception to that rule. If it had not been for his firm stance on this issue I don't think we would have made it this far. For that, Mr. O'Connor, I (and every other adult in the f*cking country) thanks you. :)

    Nice work Mr O'Connor - mucho respecto.

    Not sure just how much of a political limb you're going out on when you push for something that 80+% of the population are in favour of, though :P

      He was pushing for this BEFORE that statistic was official thanks dude. Jesus give him a break.

      He's going out on a limb because he's pissing off the Christian Lobby groups that provide support to the party in exchange for keeping our country in the Dark Ages.

      You know how Adelaide is known as the city of Churches? Thats why they keep making silly descisions about stickers and hiding dvd covers.

      Kudos, Brendan!

        Umm... Statistically, Adelaide doesn't anymore churches then any other city and i haven't seen any store in SA that actually sell R18+ DVDs with plain packaging, they are in their own separate section but that's not really anything to bitch about.

          I remember when my local video store had that "Other Section".
          Are the ones in SA a little room at the back with those bead curtains?

          http://www.aussie-info.com/places/sa/adelaide/

          read the first line

            Yes, it's the "city Of churches" because in its early years it was one of the few places where people could practice their religion freely without fear of persecution or harrassment. Not because there are an unusually large number of physical church buildings, but because there were an unusual (for the time) number of churches (Church of England, Catholic, Lutheran, etc) all living side by side and more or less getting along with each other.

    im overwhelmed right now the outcome is far better then i had anticipated

    Beers are on me Brendan. Political Risk? I doubt it. It is popular policy.

      Not with the influential lobby groups we have been reading about for a long time.

    Amen, sister.

    I'm particularly impressed that he got Christian Porter and Robert Clark to come around. Clark, especially, is regarded as one of the most moralistic and conservative members of the Victorian government.

    I think O'Connor probably needs a rest now ;)

    FINALLY!!!! sort of....

    Good work Brendan O Connor.

    Totally having a few beers tonight for this guy, what a champion!

    If only all politicians were more like him. Well done.

    This dude is my hero. He should run for PM. Would do a hell of a better job than what we have..

    Why is everyone celebrating? Kudos to O'Connor and I applaud his efforts but the fact is they've said the draft guidelines have been amended "specifically paying attention to violence and sexual violence." It's almost certain now that it'll be just like the current MA classification but rebranded as R.

      But that's notthe entire point here. There are many kids who don't understand the difference between games and real life. Having the system implemented will allow parents to know that some of the current MA 15 games are simply not suitable.

      Sometimes the issue goes beyond us adults wanting to play Mortal Kombat. Yes, that's a significant reason for us to advocate for the reworking of the classification system, to allow adults be adults, but it's also so we can see that parents and guardians make informed decisions over the games their kids play and the content we're exposing to our minors, especially as us adults are trying to push for us to gain access to what was formerly deemed excessive content.

      remember that the classification board is an independant body, and they make the descisions. Do you think, no matter how legislation is worded, that Mortal Kombat would not be classified if the R rating existed?

        It's difficult to say I think. It really depends on the wording of what is acceptable violence in an R category. What mainly frustrates me is that film doesn't get this treatment in its own guidelines. I really want to see what they've changed.

          lets be specific - 15-17 year olds are minors, a comment reffering to the RC of MK was 'the game is not appropriate for any minors, therefore we could not give this game an MA15+'
          Should the R18+ rating exist, regardless of wording, they are classifying for adults, not minors.

    Looking at this while I'm in a lecture.........resisting the urge to fist pump into the air and yell "hell yeah!"

    What I want to know is if the R18+ rating does actually come about, will they be re-releasing the games that have been censored or banned?

    I so want to get my hands on uncensored L4D2!

      Google search "Left 4 Uncut" version 2.1

      It's a trainer that enables gore and you can still play through steam with friends.

      It's not retroactive. Games refused classification or censored for classification have to stay that way.

      I'd expect that the publisher would be able to re-submit the game should they want to, but there is a fee involved. For most publishers it'd be a huge hassle, they'd have to release a separate version with the correct ratings or if they patched it in, they'd have to recall any physical copies and reprint their covers with the new rating. In addition to the classification fee. For most publishers, this is way too much work.

      Unless Valve spend more money trying to appeal the board's decision to ban uncensored L4D2, I highly doubt it will be let through

    How do I go about nominating Brendan O'Connor for Community Kudos?

      ^ this

        Actually, can we vote for Mark as well as Brendan? Mark's been ontop of the issue for quite a while, and keeping us informed. Thanks Mark!

      Mark, you *really* should make Brendan our winner!

      And yeah, O'Connor for PM.

      Good call dude, deserves it. What do you think the actual chances are that we will have it by the end of the year though? I am a bit skeptical on that one. But Kudos is his this week, for sure

    Tony Abbott for PM!

      Tony Abbott's a fundamentalist Christian. If he bothered to understand what's happening here, he'd immediately scuttle it.

      Save those comments for thepunch.com.au

    Brendan O'Connor, this one's for you.

    http://thetural.com/360/user_images/a25b86315d99483c1149dab36b12f086.png

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