R18+ headed for Australian parliament

The R18+ legislation has been cleared by the Labor Party and will be introduced in parliament.

Last month, new Federal Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare announced his intentions to stick to former Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor's previous plans regarding the introduction of an adult classification for video games in Australia.

Clare stated that he intended to follow O'Connor's decision to introduce the R18+ bill in the February 2012 session of parliament.

It appears that Clare stayed true to this plan, with news today that the R18+ legislation has been cleared by the Federal Parliamentary Caucus of the Australian Labor Party at its meeting in Canberra, and it is now ready to be introduced in parliament.

Federal parliament resumed on February 7. In order for the R18+ bill to be passed through the Lower House (House of Representatives), Clare's office says it requires the support of at least two crossbench MPs. The crossbench MPs are Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor, Andrew Wilkie, Bob Katter, and Greens MP Adam Bandt, who have remained silent on their stance over R18+ to date.

To pass through the Senate, the bill will require the support of either the coalition or the Greens, both of which are sympathetic to the R18+ issue; in November 2010, Federal Opposition Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis voiced his sympathy towards the R18+ cause, while the Greens have showed their support in the past.

GameSpot AU will continue to update this story.

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alienmlbyrne0
alienmlbyrne0

Don't get to excited guys. I wouldn't trust these independents one bit, too much power for what they're worth! I might be jumping to conclusions, but i've just got a bad feeling. Let's keep our fingers and everything else crossed though, Happy gaming :)

zaprct
zaprct

So close now, after SO MUCH hard work from the Aussie gaming community!

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

I'm in Armidale, and I voted for Tony Windsor (the independent). There's a lot of concern about the independents, but the big deciding factor that got Windsor to go with Gillard instead of Abbott was the fact Armidale would get the National Broadband Network, which Abbott couldn't promise. I think he's aware of more technical things than other MP's, so I would be surprised if he didn't support this bill.

sepir
sepir

I still have a bad feeling about this. I don't really trust the independents. Hopeful that the idiocy will end and we will have consistency though.

ratchet200
ratchet200

I think it's good. The bills finally getting around parliament, so hopefully they'll pass it and let us have R18 games in Australia!

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

@theclaw135 USA bans tons of stuff, how your government do it is to blacklist banks that give finance or help transaction of the target, and then bank don't want to be blacklisted (target of federal investigation) so they stop business with the target. With no one give finance or unable to receive money from customers, the target closes shop. Self-censorship is worst in USA than anywhere else.

rcbhappy
rcbhappy

This is great but get rid of those stupid guidelines! R18+ don't need guidelines?

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Wow it sure is different for us Americans. Ratings here aren't government backed, and our feds have yet to ban one video game. Ever.

cheater87
cheater87

Glad this is happening...sad that games would still be banned under this even with an 18+ rating.