Senator Lundy Tables Record Breaking Petition, Supports R18+ Rating

A couple of weeks ago we reported that EveryonePlays campaign, started by PALGN and GAME, had 89,210 signatures on a petition in support of R18+. Now we're pleased to report that Senator Kate Lundy has now tabled the petition in government, making a speech in support of an R18+ rating for games in Australia.

This is real progress, and shows that everyone's efforts are making a real impact in making this a key issue for polititians across the country. By the time the Attorneys-General meet on December 10, they'll have an idea of how big an issue this is for gamers and parents across the country, giving us a better chance of receiving the R18+ rating Australia deserves.

We're spoken to Roland Kulen from EveryonePlays , who has agreed to write up a guest blog on the situation, and we've selected a few choice quotes from the Senator below. We recommend that you take a look at the whole speech here.

Firstly, it is worth noting that we already have an R18+ classification for films. This classification is important as it gives parents clear guidance on what is appropriate for their children and teenagers. As a parent I know there is a peace of mind when selecting films for my family’s enjoyment, to know that there is a robust classification system. The classification system informs my choices and helps me assess suitability and age appropriateness for my children.

The absence of an R18+ computer games classification creates something of a grey area for parents. There is limited guidance for parents or young people, creating a risk where games are purchased that they are not suitable.

Currently retail store sales people have to advise parents that some MA15+ games are not suitable for under 18s, when it should be the classification system providing clear guidelines for parents as to what material is suitable for adults and what material isn’t.

It is my view that if such games were able to be classified R18+ in the first instance, then parents would have greater peace of mind that the games rated MA 15 their children are playing are in fact, age appropriate.

I have observed a groundswell of public support for the introduction of an R18+ games classification. It is coming from a diverse range of people, with support from parents and parent groups, ICT, telecommunications and related sector organisations as well as the expected gamer communities and computer games industry organisations.

In a press release GAME Managing Director Rob Lukic reinforced the need for an R18+ rating.

"Tabling the significant GAME / PALGN petition in the Senate", says Rob, "will help censorship ministers understand that a record number of everyday Australians support a change in PC and Video game classification."

Roland Kulen from PALGN, reinforced those points, and raised the issue that parent need extra guidance when it comes to deciding what games are suitable for their children.

“Some games are played by everyone," began Roland, "but some are really only meant for those over 18. And right now because there is no R18+ classification in Australia, some content that should be rated R18+ is currently rated MA15+.

“People feel comfortable sending their kids to movies because we have comprehensive content classifications, however, when it comes to games Australians are left short. Family gaming is now the fastest growing segment of the video games market, and it is important for all video games to provide a clear message with regards to their content - Some games are played by everyone, but some are only meant for those over 18. PALGN, Australia's most trusted independent source of video and PC game news, partnered with GAME to keep the PC and Video game classification debate alive. It is not over until the games classification legislation is changed – and change doesn’t come easy. We’re in this for the long haul.”

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Comments

    A Politician in support of the introduction of an R18+ rating?

    And female at that!

    I've found 2 types of female politicians, the logical and rational ones which should have stronger positions (Natascha Despoytosocisielanavic [or whatever it is] and this lady), and the ones who are hysterical and bitchy who should never be given power (Julia Fucking Gillard [Backstab your leader, nice move...]).
    /political rage

    I'm so glad our efforts are finally seeing some support though! :D

      Really this is down to the hard work of Roland Kulen and Rob Lukic. They've done an awesome job with this.

        Thanks for your note Mark. I would like to also thank all the dedicated GAME staff who helped with this campaign - there were many. Rob Lukic has been a tremendous partner, Roland.

      That sounds a bit sexist?

        I agree and replies to it and seemingly my post was removed

        Upon re-reading it, I guess it does.

        I'll add to it:
        Male politicians come in one flavour. Dicks.

        Try and prove otherwise. ;)

          bob brown taddy. bob freaking brown. definitely not a dick. he's full of win. so much that dick smith paid of his debts to big business when they sued him for making them lose mountains of money.

            I stand totally corrected.

              Also, Scott Ludlam.

                Scott Ludlam is made of win.

            If ever the words "dick" and "flavour" belonged in the same sentence in reference to a politician, Bob Brown is certainly the man.

              Classy. -_-

      Backstabbing the previous leader is pretty much how ALL leaders get the job. Gillard backstabbed Rudd backstabbed Beazley etc. Abbott backstabbed Turnbull backstabbed Nelson etc. It's how politics works.

      Hysterical and bitchy? That was seriously your first stop for categorising female politicians?

      Wow.

        You're really good at reading:
        "I’ve found 2 types of female politicians, the logical and rational ones which should have stronger positions (Natascha Despoytosocisielanavic [or whatever it is] and this lady), and the ones who are hysterical and bitchy who should never be given power"

        Let me cut that down for you:
        "2 types of female politicians... logical and rational ones which should have stronger positions ... and the ones who are hysterical and bitchy who should never be given power"

        One last time:
        "logical and rational [OR] hysterical and bitchy"

        Yupp. You were totally right.

        Perhaps in the future I won't compare people by juxtaposing them against people in their fields. I completely forgot that the world was made of rainbows, butterflies and roses.

      Jesus Christ, I thought people would have gotten over that by now. Anyone who had an eye on the political scene for more than 6 months would know Rudd's premature demise was inevitable.

      Read 'The Party Thieves' - Barrie Cassidy's campaign diary, it gives a real insight into the events that transpired surrounding the election.

    HERE WE GO LUNDY, HERE WE GO!
    *clap clap*

    I like senators like Lundy who use common sense. Perhaps I should use this as a template for the letter I am going to send regarding the issue.

    people who say it will introduce more violent games have no clue on the issue, games that have been rated R18+ overseas has been rated ma15+ to compensate and there are no violent videos games that have been made available to other countries that exclude Australia. (note RC'ed games but still thats like 3 games this year)

    3rd quote should have mentioned the church were behind it too...

    Man... am i the only one that thinks she's pretty damn attractive?
    Especially for a polly..
    Even more so now that she supports gamers...

    Maybe we can get her to do one of those charity callender shoots in support of our cause?
    Raise some fund, you know?

    In all seriousness, this is another awesome step forward and i really feel like we're actually getting somewhere now.
    All the more supporters we have behind us, the better :)

      Maybe she has a bit of that Sarah "I'd have a crack at that" Palin kind of thing going for her....?

      Anyways, its a good thing all round, but will probably still be years away.

        I'd never "have a crack" at Sarah Palin. Stupidity might turn out to be contagious, and she appears to suffer from a particularly virulent strain.

        Nah - Palin scares me... A lot!

        And yeh, but we can dream, can't we?

    Kate Lundy is one of the few tech savvy politicians in the Federal Goverment. Australia would be much better served if she was Communications Minister rather than Conroy, but posts are given on seniority & faction pressure rather than ability.

    She's one of the good ones. We need more like her (and this view isn't just based on the R18+ issue)

    "PALGN, Australia’s most trusted independent source of video and PC game news"

    Is it? nice plug.

    Good work though guys :)

    Just want to acknowledge Senator Lundy and her ICT policy advisor, Pia Waugh, for their passion and professionalism in light of what the "GAME/PALGN/ EveryonePlays" R18+ campaign stands for - Protect Children from Mature Games. While we hit a milestone, Rob and I couldn’t have done it without their openness and forward thinking. The journey continues...

    Lundy has had my respect for a long time, she is the knowledgeable, informed rational IT minister we need instead of the nut job we currently have.

    Smart, beautiful and making a difference.

    Is it wrong to want to jump a politician for something other than roughing up? XD :)
    (I kid of course.)

    Make this woman prime minister.

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    go replace Conroy while your at it

    Kate Lundy for communications minister!!!
    Get rid of that waste of space Conroy.

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