Official debate over R+18 games classification opens

Official debate over R+18 games classification opens

Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O'Connor, asks community to submit their views to a neutral Government

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, by February 12, 2010.

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