ACT Senator drums up support for R18+ in parliament

Labor Senator Kate Lundy delivers speech to Senate on benefits of adult classification for games; presents GAME's in-store petition with 89,210 pro-18+ signatures.

While most Australian politicians have shown reluctance in the past over a definitive stance on R18+ for games, there are some who have embraced the plight of Aussie gamers wholeheartedly.

ACT Senator Kate Lundy delivered a speech to the Australian Senate this week advocating the introduction of an adult classification for video games in Australia. In her speech, Lundy outlined three reasons the country needs an adult rating for games: first is that games classification should be brought up to speed with other media and classified correctly in order to give adults and parents correct information about the content they are buying; second, so that Australia does not fall behind other Western nations that already have an adult classification for video games; and finally, because of the amount of support the Australian public has shown for R18+ for games.

In her speech, Lundy cited the Bond University research paper Interactive Australia 2009 (IA9), which found that 91 percent of Australians surveyed support the introduction of an R18+ rating for games. She also referred to the overwhelming response in support of R18+ in the government's national public consultation last December, in which 98 percent of submissions were pro-R18+.

At the end of her speech, Lundy presented to the Senate the results of an eight-week in-store petition by Aussie retailer GAME calling for the introduction of R18+ for games. The petition received 89,210 signatures, a number Lundy said proved it was one of the largest petitions submitted to the Australian Senate in the last 15 years.

GameSpot AU will be speaking to Senator Lundy in the next week, so stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, make sure to check out the Classification FAQ feature and our Silent Majority feature.

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adrenalin73
adrenalin73

Does that mean we have rating on movies for people who dont watch them. We need rating for game from people who dont play them. They need to be elected out, informed choice and allowing the current system to have games rated as M when they should be R is a joke on politicians, and unfortunately us who voted for these people

xXrebel666Xx
xXrebel666Xx

@thisranks- Having an R18+ rating has nothing to do with the Government policing video games, simply that we don't get games in Australia that have to be significantly altered just to scrape in under the MA15+ rating. It also gives the buyer an accurate rating so that we can make up our OWN minds on whether or not it is for us. Games that currently get the MA15+ rating in Australia are often 18 or 19+ overseas. Allows individuals and parents to take responsibility for themselves, it has nothing to do with Gov policing.

anthonettex
anthonettex

I really hope this goes through. The existing classification system puts some games rated for adults in America or the UK as MA 15+ in Australia (or are severely crippled or banned). This is not good for discerning parents nor our economy.

2x4b96123
2x4b96123

Props to Senator Lundy for being the first from the major party to stand up and actually say something on this! To the others, you aren't going to be flash-mobbed by angry parental groups for bringing in a rating that HELPS protect children!

wolf503
wolf503

@supersolider I'm in the same boat as you. Anyone who says it isn't the parents fault are freaking idiots.

suprsolider
suprsolider

Why, if I had kids I would let them play whatever they want. Why you ask? Simple, because as a parent I would teach my kids RIGHT FROM WRONG, like my parents did. I knew as a child that I couldn't go around killing people, causing trouble and whatnot. If Parents would get off their ass and RAISE THEIR CHILDREN this wouldn't even be a debate.

yogibbear
yogibbear

@thisranks the issue isn't that we want the govt to police games for us it's that the current system is broken for a multitude of reasons that have already been outlined in endless posts and threads on here. Either look into the facts or don't comment if you have no idea what you are talking about.

yogibbear
yogibbear

Yah! Finally a politician worth listening to.

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Even if she is just mainly playing the stats, at least she's employing some common sense - a rare trait in politicians.

happynoodleboy7
happynoodleboy7

@thisranks It's called "Being lazy." They don't want to have to make their own decisions or put actual effort into it, so they demand the government do it for them. It happens in every country with a representative government.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

So there is some common sense in parliament on this issue. Good to see.

thisranks
thisranks

I'm still not getting why the hell people want the government to do what parents and stores should already be doing. It doesn't speak highly of the population of Australia when you can't police yourselves.

SociopathicBox
SociopathicBox

Kate Lundy.... Thank you for being one the first Australian politicians to finally take a positive stance for R18 classifacation, and state your position in the arguement. Shes also one the first to realise that this is what we, as gamers, want.

illmatic87
illmatic87

I remember signing that petition and wondering where it would go or what would come out of it. Cool beans for the outcome.

AceCometh
AceCometh

I don't mind an 18+ catagory. I'm 32 years of age and hardly care. It would simply reinforce what the M rating was supposed to be doing the entire time.

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

That's good news. Politicians like her should take the issue head on. The world has changed since, geez, I believe it's the PC came out first. I don't know how videogames begin. Anyway, a simple solution of R18+ for Aussie games should resolve what she says: bring in line with other media, not fall behind other Western nations and the overwhelming support it has. Also amend the fault that all adult games should fall in line with MA15+, because of the confusion and incostincency that's left behind.

Infrared187
Infrared187

Awesome work! Let's hope we finally see some positive action.

Kaldo
Kaldo

At last, a true champion for the cause!!!

FGMPR
FGMPR

Thanks Senator Lundy :)