Brendan O’Connor Replaced As Minister For Home Affairs

Brendan O’Connor Replaced As Minister For Home Affairs

As Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O’Connor was more influential than any other Australian when it came to revamping games classification. Today, in a cabinet reshuffle Julia Gillard announced that O’Connor has been removed from his role, and has been replaced by Jason Clare, the previous Minister for Defence Materiel. Robert McLelland has also been removed as Attorney General and replaced by Nicola Roxon, Australia’s first female Attorney-General.

O’Connor has been appointed as Minister for Human Services and Minister Assisting for School Education.

Considering a consensus has already been reached, we don’t expect these cabinet changes to have any affect on the introduction of an R18+ rating for video games in Australia. The Federal government has already stated its support for an R18+ rating, and these changes are being made at the Federal level.

Still, it’s a shame to see Brendan O’Connor go. He was instrumental in cutting through the rhetoric and pushing the R18+ rating through, and played an instrumental role in the much needed classification review.

Gillard unveils expanded Cabinet [ABC]


    • The R18 rating has to go through a parliamentary session before it can start appearing on boxes. The next session is in February next year. Once it has gone through a parliamentary session it can start being applied straight away so if everything goes well we will be seeing R18 on boxes by March next year. Considering the government have already publicly announced their support, there shouldn’t be any more problems on the way to R18.

  • this is australian politics your talking about, there is always a chance it will change at the last minute and screw over the adults who actually spend money, play games and vote.

  • Hopefully the new minister sticks with O’Connor’s line. His frank engagement with the topic of classification reform was refreshing to say the least.

  • Actually, as effective as he was, I hope he brings that to Human Services and School Education, both areas that desperately need sanity like his. Our fight is, more or less, back burner now with only semantics and procedure to go, a when and how not an if.

    • You don’t have to worry about it being derailed, since it had already moved on from his office anyway. That said, we still don’t have a solid fix on when we’d actually see a classification change.

  • Shame to see him get shifted. Regardless of the R18+ topic, he generally came across as sensible, which is always a nice thing to see in politics.

    • ….no?

      I suppose that’s one takeaway you could run with on this if you have no grasp of politics, Federal policies, common sense, and/or you’re a massive troll.

        • True but she did just simply replace a proven effective attornery general with an unproven yes person. So yeah Julia screwed us again with trade mark backroom deals just to cling to her position of prominance.

          • Proven administrator yes, Breddon O’connor was refreshing pro active, he got a reform made that wasn’t a political focus and had a history of inaction by state govenor generals, a greater feat the compotent andministration. While his new portfolio is still an important one, it is a demotion. Not saying Jason Cleary isn’t a good minister just that he was promoted for support not competence.

          • …no?

            An underperforming and embattled AG (McCelland) has been replaced with a strong performer who has both cut through and follow through (Roxon) who has shown massive capacity for reform over the past four years.

            Now that the rating issue has passed beyond home affairs and is heading to legislation, Roxon being AG is actually a massive boost to it being done right and being done quickly.

            Also, WHAT backroom deals? And how does shuffling and expanding Cabinet reinforce and secure a position as PM?

            I know repeating shock jocks and their wilful misconstruing of facts and their conspiracy theories might make you sound cool to your fellow teenagers, but seriously, understand politics rather than be a parrot.

          • By putting her supporters in the extremely public cabinet positions and removing those who might support others to lesser (or at least less-public) positions, it reduces the public visibility of any conflict thereby strengthening her position as Prime Minister. Backbenchers and low-level ministry officials don’t draw anything like the publicity that cabinet ministers do, and so can’t screw things up for her as much as a minister going rogue on her could.

            And seriously, first female Prime Minister appoints first Female AG. Hands up who didn’t see that one coming a mile away…

          • If you’re concerned about things other than politics, then don’t make political comments in the first place.

  • Sir? You see, Sir, as soon I heard Brendan O’Connor had the hard goodbye – I knew something was wrong. I knew something was wrong because O’Connor just wasn’t that kind of guy.

    You see, I’d asked myself the question: what was Brendan O’Connor doing at the Polo Lounge with David Jaffe? What about the Chevy convertible?
    Then I knew – the $50,000 was O’Connor’s all along. Now it follows, he must’ve also been in on manufacturing the domestic grade bacon helmets. And now I find out about Nicola Roxon??

    At first I thought Nicola Roxon was driving the convertible out front of the Polo Lounge; that’s not possible. You know why? David Jaffe had the car out on the boulevard since midnight – a terrific alibi. Much obliged.

    • It seems to me it was pretty much inevitable once we made enough stink to get noticed. There’s little enough gain to be had opposing it, it is a policy that is overwhelmingly popular with people that aren’t, y’know, politicians. Like many fringe, common sense issues it will be easier to just pass it and be done with it than to try to fight the inevitable, especially now people are aware of the problem.

      • I actually visited the ALRC office last week and they received 21,000 submissions regarding the classification review. Needless to say the judges and lawyers who were put into examining the classification had to read every single one and were impressed that the gaming community were passionate about it.

  • There shouldn’t be any significant change. Seeing as this is party policy, all ministers, regardless of their personal beliefs, must adhere to it (as is Labor Party rule). Unless there is an overwhelming decision to turn over the R18+ classification, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about, even with a reshuffle. Delivery is another thing, but a judgement can’t really be made at this point.

  • a reshuffle was needed but it was in the wrong area they need to shuffle conroy out not brendon ahh well good luck to brendon

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