R18+ Discussion Delayed Once Again

The Standing Committee of Attorneys-Generals were meant to meet this month to discuss, amongst other topics, the issue of video game classification in Australia. Thanks to the upcoming Federal Election, that meeting has been cancelled.

The cancellation is a blow to those hoping for a swift resolution to the proposal of introducing an R18+ rating for video games.

After a period of public consultation on the R18+ issue, which saw an unprecedented number of submissions from the Australian people, SCAG met in May to acknowledge the submissions and debate the topic.

However, the only public statement to emerge from the meeting read:

“Ministers agreed to discuss whether to amend the National Classification Scheme to introduce an R 18+ classification for computer games at a future meeting. Ministers have requested further analysis of community and expert views.”

Since May we’ve heard from Liberal leader Tony Abbott that our classification system is “broken” and from former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie that most of SCAG is pro R18+.

After the cancellation of the planned July get-together, that “future meeting” will now take place in Canberra on November 4-5.

[Thanks Sam, for the tip!]

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