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R18+ Classification in Australia, SA Attorney-General John Rau backs the new games rating

Australia to finally get R18+ classification? It looks like a step in the right direction
| Gaming News | Posted: Apr 28, 2011 3:34 am

A new classifications system for computer games that will "increase protection for children and provide parents with clearer guidance" will be supported by the State Government. Attorney-General John Rau has said today that he supports the Federal Government's national push to create an R18+ classification for games but he would abolish the MA15+ classification in SA.

 

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Mr Rau has been quoted saying:

 

This model will give parents greater certainty about the appropriateness of games for their children.

At the moment, children can access a range of MA15+ games that are regarded as inappropriate for children, 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.

Personally, I think this is a step in the right direction [finally]. Mr Rau is set to take this position to the next meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorney-Generals (SCAG) in Adelaide this July. At this meeting, South Australia will support a national classification scheme for gaming. If there is an agreement formed, SA will look to amend the State's classification legislation to {again, finally] recognise the R18+ classification and dismantle and shelve the MA15+ classification.

 

This would obviously mean one entire classification would be cut, leaving G (general), PG (parental guidance), M (mature) and [third time, finally] R18+ (restricted to adults). Mr Rau also stated that the new system would still include the power to refuse classification for games that are considered "inappropriate for anyone to play".

 

NEWS SOURCES:Adelaidenow.com.au

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