John Rau, the Attorney-General for South Australia, has come out in support of an R18+ rating but, perhaps just as significantly, he has also claimed that he is behind the abolishment of the MA15 rating, in order to create a greater distinction between games for adults and children.
"At the moment, children can access a range of MA15+ games that are regarded as inappropriate for children," said John Rau, "while adult gamers are prevented from access to many games available in other countries.
"By abolishing the MA15+ classification, we will create a clear distinction between games that may be suitable for children and those that are suitable only for adults."
If we were to read between the lines, it's possible that John Rau, who will already have had access to the new guidelines presented by Brendan O'Connor, is simply following what has been presented by O'Connor's guidelines. It's also possible that this is simply John Rau's own personal opinion on the matter, but the removal of the MA15+ rating has been brought up by Brendan O'Connor before - and during an interview with Kotaku directly after the SCAG meeting in December, he confirmed that the possibility was discussed.
It's hard to tell precisely how O'Connor's new guidelines will structure a potential new ratings system for video games, but how would you guys suggest they be structured? Plenty are opposed to the removal of MA15+, but personally I do feel that the current system is counter-productive, causing a lot of confusion for parents. Is the removal of MA15+ a good solution?
Let us know in the comments below.