After Brendan O'Connor's statements yesterday, where he claimed the Federal Government would take further action if the R18+ issue wasn't resolved by June, the Attorney-General for Tasmania, David Bartlett, has come out and publically stated his support for an R18+ rating, claiming that "the real issue is not whether we should have an R18+ classification – which is obvious. The issue is how to construct those guidelines."
“The introduction of an R18+ classification would help give parents a clear idea of which computer games are suitable for their children,” claimed Bartlet.
“It’s about giving parents clear information, a clearer choice, and more confidence in the games they buy for their children.
“An R18+ category currently applies to other forms of entertainment, like films and some magazines. It’s appropriate to use the same clear and consistent restrictions for computer games."
Bartlett also went on to support Brendan O'Connor intent to take further action, should the issue not be resolved during the upcoming SCAG meeting in July.
“If those states continue to put-off any action beyond July this year, I understand the Commonwealth Home Affairs Minister, Brendan O’Connor, may have act unilaterally, and impose an R18+ category," said Bartlett.
“I’d welcome and strongly support that move, because the Tasmanian Government believes there’s been sufficient debate and consultation on this issue, and the time has come to progress it."