WA pro-R18+, but seeks guideline amendments

Western Australia agrees on adult rating for games "in principle"; Federal Minister says "time has come" to make a decision.

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Following on from Monday's news that the NSW attorney-general will not take part in the R18+ vote at the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General meeting this Friday, Western Australia has now clarified its own position on the issue.

Speaking to GameSpot AU, WA Attorney-General Christian Porter said the state supports R18+ for games in principle but wants some amendments made to the federal government's proposed guidelines.

"Western Australia's position was to inform the Commonwealth in June 2011 that the WA government is not opposed, in principle, to the prospect of an introduction of an R18+ classification category for computer games," Porter told GameSpot AU. "However, before the WA cabinet would give any final approval, the state government would like to see some modifications to the proposed R18+ classification guidelines.

"The Commonwealth has indicated its willingness to consider amending the guidelines in accordance with Western Australia's suggestions."

It's still unclear what the outcome of the SCAG meeting will be; Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor has previously stated that the issue has taken too long to resolve and that he would seek "other options" should a unanimous agreement between attorneys-general not be reached, something that is looking increasingly likely. For an R18+ rating to be passed at this Friday's SCAG meeting, all nine state, territory, and federal ministers need to agree on its introduction.

O'Connor now says he welcomes the support of those states and territories that have decided to vote "yes" on introducing R18+, but will not give away the federal government's plans.

"This issue has been on the table for close to a decade and the time has come for a decision to be made on introducing an adult classification for computer games in Australia," O'Connor told GameSpot AU.

"This is not only practical policy, but popular policy. The result of a nationwide Galaxy survey requested by attorneys-general that 80 per cent of those surveyed said they support the introduction of an R18+ classification for games. I welcome the action of those jurisdictions that have indicated they will support an R18+ classification in the interests of protecting children and young people. I look forward to hearing the views of all attorneys-general this Friday."

[UPDATE] GameSpot AU has also contacted Victoria, the last of the three states besides NSW and WA that, as of May this year, were still undecided on R18+. According to the Victorian Attorney-General, Robert Clark, the state's decision will also be based on modifications to the guidelines.

"The Baillieu government is seeking modifications to the Commonwealth's published draft guidelines so as to better protect the community," Clark told GameSpot AU. "Our decision at SCAG will be based on what proposal ends up being put before ministers for decision."

GameSpot AU will be reporting live from the SCAG meeting this Friday.

Discussion

17 comments
Mike1489
Mike1489

'www.play-asia.com'... because listening to the government (particularly on this matter) is a complete waste of time. I'm 22 f**king years old and i've gotta get Mortal Kombat Fedex'd to me from another country because a bunch of f*gs were stupid enough to think that a minor would be able to buy such a game. Simple solution c**kheads; lock it away or wrap it in black plastic. Just because ONE person says no means we cant have it? This is how pathetic our government is!

AceBalls
AceBalls

Waste of time. The whole lot. Instead of ticking boxes on the balot papers during election time - we should just draw pictures of rectums exploding.

evilkenshin1
evilkenshin1

so basically both WA and VIC want an R18+ modified to be the same as current MA15+ before their happy? this is not getting anywhere

E-i-N-e
E-i-N-e

So in otherwords all states are in agreeance accept NSW....

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

I think NSW is still bitter about the origin.....all it's going to take is for one minister to wrinkle his nose and we're back to square one, personally I agree with @ingram_gamer1 that it may lead to filth infesting games for all the wrong reasons....and that we don't need.

ingram_gamer1
ingram_gamer1

i think people will overcompensate with this, i wont mind if an R rating came out but i think games will be rated R for all the wrong reasons and that only a few games should be rated R and games with MA15+ material will be rated R18+ because of some overprotective dumb mother complaining on over nothing i think if an R18+ rating came out THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT THE IMPACT IT WILL HAVE AND GIVE THE GAME AN APPROPRIATE RATING FOR GOD SAKE

SkipPlayer
SkipPlayer

No the ketel is still not boiling.!!! Listen to the Oz spot it is a good one.

holydevel
holydevel

it doesn't really matter if the WA attorney-general wants it or not, the NSW attorney-general is going to block it so we might as well all just go home.

aesir05
aesir05

if u read the sun today it had a very interesting quote in it. rephrasing it, it basically said that politicians will do anything to not let anything get in the way of their ambitions, that includes doing what is right for the country and for its people a politician wants no r rated games, he would be totally against it. a public poll of 10 million people vote unanimously against him, he still doesn't back down because that will be his legacy or whatever bs you want to call it. the above is from the great firewall of australia god i hate politicians

ferretshob
ferretshob

Won't somebody think of the Children. lol. NSW get your act together. I have said this in previous discussions on this matter and I will say it again. What is the point of having any game rated as the kids can get their hands on them now because no ID is required to purchase the games. My brother lets his 7 year old kids play MA15+ games with all the gore. My brother has told me if it say's it is R rated there would be no chance in hell the kids would be playing them. ENOUGH SAID if you ask me. My brother is a non gamer.

muzza93
muzza93

I dont get how the reason we dont have R18+ games is because kids still might play them then why do they bother rating any game if they reckon kids still play the adult games? But yea we definitely need R18+ here, us adults can decide whats suitable for us to play, dont need government telling me wat i cant handle, its the same thing when the old people hated Rock N Roll music, just directed at games now, probably cos there is no more Rock N Roll music these days anyway

thuban
thuban

its inevitable that we will get r18. its just super lame that we have to get it from these retard politicians with minds trapped in the "days of Yore". why is it that our country has to be decades behind in EVERY way??.. i just dont get it.... i have the same frustration over government legislation on international media... eg. hulu, pandora and netflix. Cmon!.. just give the people a bone!!! for once!! PLZ!! :)

SgtBeetle75
SgtBeetle75

The sad thing is that no matter the ruling a 12yr old or younger will still be playing them games. They should make the parents sign a wavier when they buy an adult rated game for their children or how about FINING the parents for letting them play it.