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Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:13

Legislation for R18+ games to go to inquiry


According to a tweet from Labor MP Ed Husic, Tony Abbott's Coalition has asked that the R18+ videogames bill be sent to a Standing Committee enquiry.


The move means an even longer wait for adult gamers waiting to get their hands on mature games, with Ed Husic tweeting 'Referring the R+18 laws to another inquiry is a joke - especially since public consult'n was overwhelmingly supportive of the new laws.'

Australia's legislative process means that even if one MP calls for an inquiry on a proposed bill, the bill must then go through Standing Committee for examination and further scrutiny.

Some users on Twitter have been quick to have their voice heard on the move, with AngelaLoRosso tweeting: "@edhusicMP We want bill implemented so us adults can buy responsibly and not have someone else decide for us.'

ncfenech tweeted, "@edhusicMP Its crazy that we have an R18+ rating for films, but somehow video games miss out! #auspol #noalitionhypocricy"

The rollercoaster ride of the legislation has been playing out for years, with former South Australian Attorney General Michael Atkinson vetoing every attempt to introduce an R18+ rating of games.

This changed on 22 July 2011, where a meeting of attorneys-generals produced an in-principle agreement to introduce the R18+ classification for videogames.

The Home Affairs Minister, Brendan O'Connor, has said the federal government would over-ride NSW and implement the R18+ rating regardless of its decision and will be officially available before the end of 2011.

So far this hasn't happened, and the Coalition's move to send the legislation to an inquiry will mean the change is even further delayed.

In good news for gamers, Attorney General Nicola Roxon has confirmed that previously banned games that would have been rated R18+ will now be able to be released, under the new legislation.

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