The Liberal Party's WA State Council passes motion urging WA Attorney-General to support introduction of adult rating for games in Australia.
Western Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter is being urged by the WA Liberal Party State Council to support the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games. Porter met with other federal, state, and territory Attorneys-General at last Friday's Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) meeting in Canberra, where he and other ministers decided to delay the vote on the introduction of an adult classification for games in favour of drafting a set of guidelines that will look at defining how a possible R18+ rating would sit alongside the current MA15+ and Refused Classification categories.
Rumours surrounding Friday's SCAG meeting speculated Porter would wait until he met with his cabinet before taking a definitive stance on the R18+ issue; on December 6, he told GameSpot AU he had yet to make up his mind, while media reports from last week suggested he was under pressure from his party room--composed of 12 Liberal and National government MPs--to not support the R18+ rating.
"The Minister will participate in further discussions at the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General meeting before determining his position on the matter," a spokeswoman for Mr. Porter told GameSpot AU last Monday.
Now, it seems Porter's political peers want him to support the introduction of R18+ for games. At a meeting of the Western Australian Liberal Party's State Council held during the weekend, delegates voted on and passed the following motion, obtained by GameSpot AU:
"That this State Council urges the Attorney General of Western Australia to support the introduction of a nationwide R18+ classification for computer and video games."
It is now confirmed that Porter will release a media statement outlining his final stance on R18+ for games after he meets with Cabinet. GameSpot AU will continue to update this story as news becomes available.
For more on the issue, visit GameSpot AU's previous coverage.
@ andrew_dueck this is exactly what my friend and I were talking about last night. Australia's became a "parenting country" at least as far as games are concerned. It's frustrating and it should be based on a majority vote, not some united decision which will never happen considering that there will always be someone in any group who will disagree with you. Be it for good reasons or simply to stand out/debate/argue it will always be the same case. Like the makers of Aliens VS Predator said (the latest one) before it was almost banned/edited here "If you're not willing to allow your mature gamers to decide on what they wish to view and watch then we're not releasing our game into your country." It was this line (and lots of cutting through red tape, etc, etc) that was part of the reason we even got Aliens VS Predator at all. And don't even get me started with the other games and the reason(s) The Board decided it necessary to edit/ban them.
This whole fiasco is ridiculous. The fact it's taken this long to implement a new rating is insane. It's the perfect example of politicians "benevolently" deciding they know what's best for the people, instead of giving the people what they want.
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