Atkinson's successor has "no preconceptions" on age ratings

Australia's Rau says he is currently neutral on issue of 18 rating for games

New South Australian attorney-general John Rau has said that he's currently neutral on the issue of an 18 age rating for games in the country.

According to the government official, who took over from notorious anti-gaming minister Michael Atikinson when he quit the front bench last month, he is not currently aware of all of the issues surrounding the introduction of the higher age certificate.

Speaking to GameSpot AU, Rau said that he had "no preconceptions about this issue and intend[s] to listen to the arguments."

"I can neither support nor wisely argue against a position if I am not aware of the relevant factors," he added.

"It is worth noting that ultimately, the decision does not rest with me alone," he continued. "Any change would require the support of each jurisdiction's attorney-general."

The Australian government has just completed a public consultation phase regarding the introduction of an 18 rating for games, which would bring games in line with films.

Last month, over 55,000 submissions in favour of the rating had been received.

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Latest comments (1)

Tony Johns9 years ago
For someone like him to be new to gaming and being faced with a tough question like this, I think he is doing the right thing by being neutral.

Not like someone else who we all know...

It is tough in Australia, because we had to rely on EVERYONE to agree to it.

And in Australia, this sort of system has hampered things like health care reform, accepting homosexuals and allowing them to marry, whether Australia should become a republic and so many other things in law that needed a 100% agreement in order for change.

lets pray that things can be smoth from here on end, and that people in power can see that the only way for sorting out the ratings issue is for an R18+ rating for games to make gaming equal to movies.
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