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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

By Anthony Garreffa from Apr 27, 2011 @ 22:34 CDT

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.


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".


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