The Government has called for further public discussion over an R18+ rating for video games.
The Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Brendan O’Connor, has released a discussion paper, titled Should the Australian National Classification Scheme Include An 18+ Classification Category For Computer Games?. In a corresponding press release, Senator O’Connor asked for community commentary, while maintaining Governmental neutrality on the issue.
“I regularly receive representations from both industry and gamers seeking the introduction of an R 18+ classification for computer games, as well as from those opposed to its introduction,” O’Connor stated. “We are releasing a discussion paper rather than proposing a change so we have an opportunity to gauge all community views on the subject.”
Those interested in registering their views can fill out a submission template, available at www.ag.gov.au/gamesclassification, by February 12, 2010.