Two months after the January deadline the Queensland Government has finally passed local R18+ classification at the state level, meaning that R18+ games can be sold in in Queensland. At least — that’s what you would assume had happened after the Attorney’s General Office accidentally posted a press release on their website before the vote had actually passed.
At around 3.45 today, the following statement appeared on the Queensland website.
“The introduction of this classification should be welcome news for parents, who will now have more control over the games their children are playing,” Mr Bleijie said.
“I encourage parents to be guided by these classifications, as I’m sure many are unaware of the levels of violence and adult material contained in some computer games.
“This system has worked with films for a long time and it makes sense for computer games to be treated in the same way.
“At the Standing Council of Attorney’s General last year, it was decided to adopt a national approach for computer game classification.
“By coming into line with the rest of the country, we can prevent the games from being bought interstate and sold illegally in Queensland.”
But at this point in time the vote had not been taken, and no-one had actually passed any sort of legislation. The press release was pre-written on the assumption that the legislation would be passed, and posted before any decision was made.
“Ah, that wasn’t supposed to go up yet,” said a rep from the Attorneys General’s office when we called to confirm. We’d been watching the debate live and no vote had been called.
To be fair, the Attorney General’s office is quite right to assume the legislation would pass today. There is widespread support for the bill and a desire to get the changes made as soon as possible but, as of right now, the bill has not passed.
Once it has passed — hopefully later this afternoon — all that will be required is the Governor to sign the legislation and an R18+ rating will exist in Queensland.