Proposed Australian R18+ rating faces delays

New South Wales could abolish MA15+ rating regardless

The introduction of an R18+ rating to Australia to allow the release of more adult games, due to be discussed on Friday, could be delayed in the face of one state attorney general's position.

Greg Smith, the New South Wales attorney general, will abstain from the vote. The proposed R18+ rating needs a unanimous decision to progress.

According to GameSpot AU, Smith could abstain until as late as next year in order to see a report from the Australian Law Reform Commission on the introduction of the rating.

"We're not going down a definitive route," said a representative for Smith.

"More work needs to be done on this issue. We want to wait to see the results of the ALRC classification review."

There are also reports from South Australia attorney general John Rau's spokesperson that the state plans to abolish the lower MA15+ rating, forcing the ratings board to classify those games as R18. Both marketeers and the opposition have criticised the move.

"I think it would be bizarre if they were to go it alone," South Australia opposition justice spokesman Stephen Wade said in an interview with The Australian.

"It would be clearly an unfair impost on South Australian retailers at a time we are very aware of the competition between the online retail marker and the shopfront retail market."

Australia's strict rules have led to a number of games being refused classification altogether, including Left 4 Dead 2 and Mortal Kombat.

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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 5 years ago
Better delayed than never.
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Grant Smythe Editor in Chief / Owner 5 years ago
The thing these guys forget is that 'children' can currently get their hands on games that ARE rated 17-18 overseas, that pass off here are simple MA15+.

If Smith would see that his move is slowing down the introduction of a system that would stop or significantly slow down this practice, he'd be doing the country a great favour, and showing the world we do not live in the dark ages.
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Tony Johns5 years ago
No matter what, I am leaving this fake democracy for a real one, like Canada or even Japan.

Because of these few politicians in the position of Attorney General, I personally think that Australia is not the democracy that I once thought of it to be.

And the sad thing is, They have been delaying this over the past 10 years.

I am sure not going to wait until I am 100 before I could play the games I have wanted to play.

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany5 years ago
It's time for the Australian authorities to awake. Even Germany is opening it's mind with games by allowing more games to pass uncut into the country (Being Geras of War 3 the last of them).

Let's hope the delay is short.
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