R18+ Successfully Passes Through Parliament

Jason Clare, the Minister for Home Affairs has just announced that R18+ for games is set to become a reality, after legislation successfully passing through the Federal Parliament, having just gone through the Senate without amendment.

"These are important reforms over 10 years in the making," Mr Clare said.

"The R 18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material.

"The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law."

The next stage for the R18+ classification is for each separate state to pass their own complimentary legislation, since classification remains a state issue.

According to Jason Clare's website, this means that, subject to the separate state legislation, we could be on schedule to see our first R18+ for games become a reality by January 1 2013.


Comments

    It's about time!

    Yes!!
    Thanks Mark for keeping us all posted and for forming a level headed and reasoned voice representing gamers throughout this whole process! :)

    I've supported bringing in an R18+ rating, but I've never actually been interested in the games that would be classified under it. Kind of makes me want to buy an R18+ game just because I can, now.

      Same, its not like they banned all games and its something that should never have been a problem or had to get legislation for. If we wanted a banned game, you could just import or play another game. I played Left for dead that got censored and was peed off with the censorship but could still play the game so wasnt a huge issue. Mite do the same and go buy a R18 game just because can soon lol .

    Doubleplusgood news, indeed. Given that Doom 4 is expected to hit next year the introduction of the R18+ legislation is perfect timing.

      ooooooooooh, good point!

    Meanwhile, importers continue to enjoy +R18 games at half price

      Come join us :D

      http://www.ozgameshop.com/
      http://www.mightyape.com.au/

    As much as I enjoy the R18 coming to aus, I really don't like the way the SA government has handled it by completely getting rid of MA so R can come in.

    THANK YOU, FINALLY WE ARE BEING TREATED LIKE ADULTS!

    "The next stage for the R18+ classification is for each separate state to pass their own complimentary legislation, since classification remains a state issue."

    Your tax dollars at work ladies and gentlemen.

    This demonstrates the power of people acting collectively towards a common goal.

    Congratulations to us all, and may we all take this lesson of personal empowerment with us for the rest of our lives.

    With thanks to Brendan O'Connor (and staff), Jeff Brand, Ron Curry, David Wildgoose, Aaron Percival and Chris Prior. We did it.

      No love for Mr Serrells on that dedication? =P

    OOOOOooooohhhhhhh Yeeeeaaahhhhh

    SHHHH......Can you hear that? That's the sound of a bunch of butthurt Christians being belted by Jim Wallace.

      Christians in general weren't against it, the ACL and some extremists were

        I don't think he meant all Xtians, just the ones lying and using flawed logic to argue against the R18+ rating.

        Probably no "extremsists", either, just conservatives.

    The classification identification system in Australia is shirt. They should change it to how most of the world is...g, pg, 12, 15, 18, (and x I think). What is with all that mature audiences bullshit?? As if anyone cares what the government "recommends".

    Great news, especially in light of many popular online stores now refusing to ship 18+ games to adults down under. What a shame. I guess it was worth submitting all those submissions, and signing all those petitions after all. We win. Woohooooooooooo!

    Watch as crazy violence rampages across the streets and the fabric of society withers away!

    Cool beanz!

    Bravo!!

    Fuck you Atkinson, does this mean I can import that Japanese rape game I've heard so much about now?

    The R18+ proposal really isn't that good.

    The new R18+ is likely just to shuffle currently available MA15+ games up into the new restricted category. Currently banned games will still remain outlawed with them beyond the R18+ classification. Evidence is that the Australian Christian Lobby supports the R18+ plan:

    http://www.acl.org.au/2011/07/mr-acl-cautiously-welcomes-r18-games-decision/

      "“The draft R18+ guidelines as originally proposed would have matched the R18+ guidelines for films. This was clearly never in the interests of the community"
      Are you joking? Seriously? WTF?!
      How is this not good for the community? Someone, please help. I think I'm having an aneurism

    Here's to you, Michael Atkinson and the ACL!

    http://www.pitch.com/binary/9dd8/fuck_you.jpg

      Congratulations, you just stooped to a lower level than them. This is the kind of response they to egg out of the people who support the R18 rating.

    “These are important reforms over 10 years in the making,”

    I do not mean to be rude, but there were not 10 years in the making. They were *blocked* for over 10 years by one AG who did not want to be open to faces or other peoples views.

    Suck my danglies Mr Atkinson.

      I like how people are still bringing Atkinson into this. hasnt he been retired for 3 years or something?
      yeah sure, he delayed it as best he could & was doing it for the wrong reasons, but since he's been gone, things have moved pretty fast (in a legislative sense).

    this is really great news

    Finally

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