Aussie federal dept. behind R18+ push gets new minister

Pro-R18+ Minister Brendan O'Connor shifts away from Home Affairs ministry in latest reshuffle; Jason Clare now new minister in charge of R18+ agenda.

Former Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor, a public supporter of R18+ for games, was today renamed minister for Human Services and minister assisting the School Education in a federal government ministerial reshuffle.

Member for Blaxland and former Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare was named the new federal minister for Home Affairs and will inherit O'Connor's portfolio, including the issue of R18+ for games.

Former Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor.

O'Connor first announced federal government support for R18+ for games in December last year, before another vote on the issue was postponed at the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General meeting on December 10, 2010.

Earlier this year, O'Connor publicly released the draft guidelines on R18+ and hinted at seeking other options should state and territory censorship ministers fail to reach consensus on the issue.

In July this year, Australia's federal, state, and territory censorship ministers reached an in-principle agreement to introduce an R18+ classification for video games in Australia.

This agreement was made on the basis that all states and territories approve a set of proposed guidelines to introduce the new classification. Last month, O'Connor publicly released the final guidelines on R18+ for games, at the same time clarifying his plans to introduce the R18+ legislation in the February 2012 parliament session.

The R18+ for games issue has been on the Australian government agenda since 2002.

GameSpot AU has contacted the new federal minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare, about his plans regarding R18+ and will update this story as news comes to hand.

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aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

it's not funny that ministers don't need any experience or qualifications to take any particular portfolio. it must be the only job in the world you can get without it (that and cutting guts out of fish). we can only hope he keeps his finger on the pulse and continues to push the state attorneys going forward on this issue.

rcbhappy
rcbhappy

Great, this is not what we gamers needed? is this going to lead to more delays or finally lead to a proper 100% R18+ rating with out the stupid guidelines, to finally catch up to film & DVD?