Wednesday 17th September, 2014

Australian Conservative

ACL welcomes refusal of R18+ game classification

Jim Wallace

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the decision of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General not to provide an R18+ Classification for games.

The ACL’s managing director Jim Wallace was one of the panellists at the Standing Committee of Attorney Generals today. The meeting included seeing a series of clips of examples of both film and game classifications.

“It was very clear to me that the great majority of AGs were in a state of bemusement that anyone could want to make or play many of these games and particularly those proposed for an R18+ rating,” Mr Wallace said.

“It is clear that the meeting failed to get support for the R18 classification as a result.

“The claims that the MA15+ rating for games contains a number of games that should be classified higher is simply admission of a failed system,” Mr Wallace said.

“The Australian Christian Lobby has called for a comprehensive review across all technologies and mediums including advertising and entertainment, for some time and particularly of the political parties during the last election.

“With the convergence of technologies and mediums we can no longer penny-pick our solutions, as it seems they might be proposing to do in the future with a look at games only.

“Any classification system must be practical and enforceable across all the whole range of technologies and mediums of advertising and entertainment. To do anything less will be a waste of time,” Mr Wallace said.



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  1. Wait, how is this a refusal? Brendan O’Connor said there was mostly a consensus on pro-R18+. Like Darryn said, let’s see how bold you are in March.

  2. This is impossible to regulate. Children should be taught that these games are indeed just that, a game.

    You cannot stop a waterfall from running. This is the world we live in people. As long as no one is getting hurt… then there should be no problem

  3. This is a joke. Why constrict the freedom of consumers and at the same time also endanger our children? An R18+ Classification allows for more trade and greater protection for kids who are refused the right to buy them.

  4. Wait, how is this a refusal? Brendan O’Connor said there was mostly a consensus on pro-R18+.

    Like Darryn said, let’s see how bold you are in March.

  5. I’ll remember this article when the relevant ammendments are passed next March.

  6. “The claims that the MA15+ rating for games contains a number of games that should be classified higher is simply admission of a failed system,” Mr Wallace said.

    Of course it’s a failed system! It fails to acknowledge adults! It fails to have an R18+ classification in place.

    Further, I would ask Mr Wallace not to pre-empt the result, they did not decide no, they simply did not make a decision yet. We’ll be doing this all over again in March.

  7. This is a strike against freedom. Video games are made by and primarily for adults. Arguing against an adult classification by people who have never played a video game is laughable, and does the conservative side of politics no favours.

    • Individualist says:

      Hear hear!

      Well put Adam! I’ve always believed that being a conservative means being for the freedom of the individual as opposed to the collective espoused by the left. Not allowing an adult classification in games so that adults may choose to play adult games should they wish to strikes me as a lefty thing to do to me…..

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