• Great articles on other sites
  • RSS Great articles on other sites

  • Renai's other site: Sci-fi + fantasy book news and reviews
  • RSS Renai LeMay

  • Featured, News - Written by on Friday, July 22, 2011 13:25 - 3 Comments

    NSW expects R18+ “reasonable compromise”

    The NSW Government today said it expected a “reasonable compromise” would shortly be reached with the other states on the issue of an R18+ classification rating for video game sales in Australia, with the Federal Government hailing a national agreement on the issue this morning as a “historic win” that could see R18+ games being sold within “months”.

    In Adelaide this morning, attorneys-general from around Australia voted overwhelmingly in favour of a long-awaited in-principle agreement which would see an R18+ classification introduced nationally for video games in Australia, with NSW being the only jurisdiction to abstain from the vote.

    The lack of an R18+ classification has resulted in various popular video being censored for the Australia market or refused classification so that they are unable to be sold locally. The unanimous support of attorneys-general from all of Australia’s states and territories is required to change classification guidelines in the area.

    Initial reporting on the meeting had focused on potential delays stemming from NSW’s abstention from the vote, but speaking to journalists following the meeting, NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith appeared very positive about the agreement.

    “On behalf of the NSW Government, I am delighted that an agreement has been reached,” Smith said, noting he didn’t expect NSW to be the stick in the mud in the deal. “I’m sure there will be a reasonable compromise established, so that the nation will move forward.”

    Smith said the new NSW Coalition Government had discussed the matter internally since it took office in March this year, but had focused during that period on other priorities during its first 100 days in office.

    However, he said, he would take the R18+ classification guidelines agreed to by the other jurisdictions back to the NSW Cabinet for discussion and to gauge the public’s reaction to the matter. “I have to get back and sound public reaction to the agreement before I take it to cabinet,” he said. “I’m sure there will be discussions between us and the Commonwealth concerning the new guidelines. We’ve got to consult for a while.”

    Smith said he didn’t believe the process would take that long, but he didn’t want to allocate a specific time to the consultation process.

    Broadly, the politician said he saw the agreement as a positive step, as some video games which were currently under the MA15+ classification rating which he saw as undesirable would be shifted upwards into the new R18+ rating. “I think it’s positive that they should be in the adult category,” he said.

    R18+ games with “months”?
    Despite NSW’s abstention, Federal Home Affairs and Justice Minister Brendan O’Connor this morning hailed the in-principle agreement between the eight other states and territories as a “historic agreement” which could lead to video games being sold in Australia under the new R18+ classification within “months”.

    A number of amendments were agreed to this morning to the draft R18+ classification guidelines which the Federal Government released in late May; those amendments will now need to go back to the different jurisdictions’ own cabinets for approval.

    However, O’Connor pointed out that under Australian law, the different states and territories already had some flexibility about how they enforced classification guidelines in their own geographies. He also noted he understood NSW’s hesitation on the matter for now, given it was the state’s first attendance at the attorney-generals’ meeting and that it had only recently elected a new government.

    “I’m confident that with the meeting today, we will be able to go forward,” he told journalists. “It is perfectly proper that the jurisdictions sign off on those amendments … I don’t want this matter returning to another attorneys meeting. We can move forward when the cabinets have signed off on the amendments today.” It would be “a matter of months that we will see the capacity to start to introduce this classification,” the Minister added.

    “The criticism that the council of attorneys-general doesn’t always make decisions can be put to rest today,” O’Connor said. “We have today struck a historic agreement — I applaud the efforts of my colleagues.”

    Image credit: Screenshot from Epic’s Gears of War game

    Print Friendly


    You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

    1. Wee Jimmy
      Posted 22/07/2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink |

      It’s about time too. Hear hear for common sense seeming to prevail.
      Perhaps this new-found enlightenment might extend to the government-mandated internet filter as well?

      • Posted 22/07/2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink |

        “Perhaps this new-found enlightenment might extend to the government-mandated internet filter as well?”

        We can only hope ;)

    2. Dean
      Posted 22/07/2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink |

      Do we know what the amendments were?

  • Get our weekly newsletter

    All our stories, just one email a week.

    Email address:

    Follow us on social media

    Use your RSS reader to subscribe to our articles feed or to our comments feed.

  • Enterprise IT stories

    • Govt blows $14.4m on Windows XP, Server 2003 support nadella-1

      The Federal Government has paid Microsoft more than $14.4 million for custom support of the outdated Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems, in a costly move which further demonstrates the extreme cost of running operating systems which are no longer formally supported by their vendors.

    • [ad] Tatts Group optimises business performance with StruxureWare software schneider

      Tatts Group is one of Australia’s largest lottery and gaming companies, operating the majority of lotteries within Australia, as well as wagering, telephone betting and online transactions. Their online transactions make them one of the highest trafficked sites in the country.

    • Legacy health software lands SA Govt in court doctor

      In which the South Australian Government comes up with complex legal arguments as to why it should be able to continue to use a 1980’s software package.

    • Microsoft wants to win you back with Windows 10 windows-10

      The latest version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system will begin rolling out from Wednesday (July 29). And remarkably, Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to those users who already have Windows 7 and 8.1 installed.

    • Qld Govt Depts have no disaster recovery plan brisvegas2

      Two sizable Queensland Government departments have no central disaster recovery plan, the state’s Auditor-General has found, despite the region’s ongoing struggles with extreme weather conditions that have previously knocked out telecommunications and data centre infrastructure.

    • ASD releases Windows 8 hardening guide windows-8-1

      The Australian Signals Directorate appears to have released a guide to hardening Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, three years after the software was released for use by corporate customers, and as Microsoft is slated to release its next upgrade, Windows 10.

    • ASG picks up $35m CIMIC IT services deal money

      Perth-headquartered IT services group ASG this week revealed it had picked up a deal worth at least $35 million over five years with CIMIC Group — the massive construction and contracting group previously known as Leighton Holdings.

  • News, Policy + Politics - Aug 4, 2015 16:12 - 18 Comments

    Turnbull revises history on NBN satellite demand

    More In Policy + Politics

    Enterprise IT, News - Aug 3, 2015 16:03 - 5 Comments

    Govt blows $14.4m on Windows XP, Server 2003 support

    More In Enterprise IT

    Industry, News - Aug 4, 2015 16:52 - 1 Comment

    Posse group picks up $5m in funding

    More In Industry

    Consumer Tech, News - Jul 29, 2015 17:14 - 11 Comments

    Telstra integrates Netflix, Stan, Presto into re-badged Roku box

    More In Consumer Tech