Last time we checked in on the the Senate inquiry into Australia's video game industry, it had been 411 days without a response from the government. It's now 586 days since the inquiry was tabled and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has finally acknowledged it.
411 days ago, an upper house inquiry tabled a report to the Federal Government recommending eight things that Australia could do to better support the local games industry - not just for the health of the industry, but for its economic and social benefits to the country.
Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John has claimed his first victory in politics after taking Scott Ludlam's seat due to the "Citizenship Seven" debacle.
585 days since report into 'The future of Australia's video game development industry' was handed down; where is the government's response? It's time for #auspol to support the Video Game industry
— Senator Jordon Steele-John (@Jordonsteele) December 5, 2017
Following up on the tweet with a statement today, Steele-John said that the "Australia’s video games industry had put up with uncertainty from the government for too long, after the inquiry unanimously recommended ongoing investment and support on April 29 last year."
A motion passed in the Senate yesterday asks that the Government table a response to the Senate inquiry by no later than 3:00pm today.
However, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield did send a response stating that "The Government response will be tabled prior to the end of 2017."
Any progress is a win at this point.
Hey Australian game dev community
Even though it's taken a long time, I'm so relieved to announce that the Government's response to the Senate game on report on games development will be released by the end of the year
I really hope you all get a great result. You deserve it pic.twitter.com/E7WOhv3VXO
— Jonny Roses (@jonny_roses) December 6, 2017
Steele-John promises to make a "damning" speech to parliament this afternoon.
— Senator Jordon Steele-John (@Jordonsteele) December 6, 2017