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.