Once again proving that 'unanimous' means 'minority rules'. Seriously, do away with the ridiculous unanimous requirement and let DEMOCRACY rule!! Absolutely pathetic! FFS!!!!! Screw the attorneys-general and their opinions - they're supposed to REPRESENT the people who put them there, so start representing your people's opinions, and stop trying to force your archaic ideals down our goddamn throats!! /rant over. and looking at opportunities to emigrate. @zaiderules, if you have a PS3, import it from play-asia. Got my collector's (Err... kollector's :P) edition at launch (FedEx), even though it said 'Mortal Kombat' on the package.
The NSW Attorney-General's department says it will not vote on the introduction of an adult classification for video games at this week's SCAG meeting.
Many Aussie gamers are looking upon this Friday's Standing Committee of Attorneys-General meeting (SCAG) as D-day for gaming classification in Australia, with all nine federal, state, and territory censorship ministers voting on the introduction of an R18+ classification for games.
Despite high hopes that a consensus will be reached, leading to Australia subsequently introducing an adult rating for games, it now appears that the decision will be delayed again, with at least one attorney-general planning to abstain from taking part in the R18+ vote.
In May this year, GameSpot AU canvassed the opinion of all nine federal, state, and territory censorship ministers on the issue of R18+ for games. The poll revealed that six out of nine states and territories--the federal government, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory, and the ACT--were in support of introducing the adult rating for games in Australia. The remaining three states--NSW, Victoria, and Western Australia--declared they would make their final decision in the lead-up to the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) meeting this Friday.
Now, the NSW Attorney-General's department is declaring that the NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith will not be voting on the R18+ for games issue.
"We're not going down a definitive route," a spokesperson for Smith told GameSpot AU. "More work needs to be done on this issue. We want to wait to see the results of the ALRC [Australian Law Reform Commission] classification review."
If Smith takes this position at the SCAG meeting on Friday, it will mean the R18+ for games decision will once again be delayed. For an adult classification for games to be introduced, all of Australia's state, territory, and federal governments must unanimously agree on its implementation.
The ALRC review is currently under way and is not set for completion until at least early 2012. The review will look at broader classification issues, with a view to update Australia's current national classification scheme.
GameSpot AU will be reporting live from the SCAG meeting this Friday. For more on the issue, visit our previous coverage.
@TBoneTony We voted the labor government because of Labor's impotence in city violence and public transport issues. They're far more important than the introduction of R18+.
This, renewable energy and gay marridge. The majority wants it, but politicians would rather have a screaming match than to run a country. And no wonder we have got a hung parliament.
Not surprisingly we Victorians are also dumb, we voted out the Labor government with an Attorney General who was supportive of it, for a different one. So it is not only NSW fault, it is also Victorias too.
I am moving to Canada. Final Straw Australia, you politicians are so worthless you would all rather fight and act like school kids. You people don't even deserve to be in power for they way you all talk about stuff and no action ever gets achieved.
if u cant tell the difference between a game and reality then u must be retarded, and movies have r18 and look more real then games so why cant we have r18 games which looks less real because its all animation, like this if u agree.
i'd love to say i'm surprised, but i'm not. this unanimous decision stuff will always get in the way...someone will always change their mind or back out.
unfortunately the aussie government will drag this issue as long as they can to make it seems like they are doing something infront of the majority of the populace which are non-gamers.. apparently the years people spent trying for the r18 rating werent enough...
...You're kidding right? I'm not Australian but that Smith guy needs to go away already. I'm sure there's some footage of him with a prostitute somewhere, someone hurry and find it.
email@example.com No use arguing about it here. If he doesn't at least get the email messages, then he should get the hint if we send enough.
How dare this Attorney General subvert the will of the people. As a 35 year old player of games, I would like this attorney general to explain his actions as a representative of the Australian people. Vote this guy out at the next election. Anyone who is unable to understand the relationship between modern technology and society, then are a dinosaur that should not be involved in today's government
Well that's a stupid idea. Reminds me of when the MPAA was G, PG and R or X. They added a PG 13 rating FOR A REASON. Because some stuff is too much for PG. M15 should stay and R18 should be there for stuff MORE THAN A M15 rating!!!
Whatever. This has gone beyond frustrating and only proves how broken the system and government is. I will just continue importing everything which will lead to to me getting the games 50% cheaper and uncensored.
This is never going to end. The politicians need to realise that a very lil amount of games actually get banned here and that most games come out here as M15 that other countries rate as M17+ or higher like God of War for f#cks sake. We need an R18 at least to distinguish these violent games properly or dont worry about it stupid politicians, just keep it the way it is and let our kids get them at our low M15 rating.
And here I thought it would be the other states, not Victoria and NSW (I really did expect WA to be the most difficult state to agree) dragging their feet! Maybe I should go and live in SA, at least they have the irons to do something about an R rating.
i thought we lived in a democracy where majority rules, why is it not the case with the vote on this for gods sake!
It's things like this that make me feel embarrassed to be Australian, rest of the world take note.....not the lucky country....The "Nanny" country.
I'm so over this crap now. It will never end. These AG people are complete morons and are the most corrupt and stupid losers in the entire country. They are nothing but public servant power trippers with no experience in life apart from greed and selfishness. They'll do anything to delay progress on any political topic just to make a point for their indulgences. It's the 'system' on voting that needs to change rather than the 'minds' of these pathetic clowns.
As sad as it is, when politicians do this, it is a way for them to get publicity and distinguish themselves. If you are the only naysayer, then you make headlines. Politicians; holding back society since society started moving forward.
I think Australia is just not meant to get R18+ games, must be the act of God or some force in the universe
research and results have been coming out the wazzo for the past 10 years, i know what he is doing it is used by lawyers as a method of stalling which he himself is, and hoping that time will pass and people will have to either 1. wait till the next scag 2. give up 3. take it to a referendum basically he is a weak little man who can not make a decision, because if he does not there is one way that we can get around him and that is to lodge a no confidence complaint(god i love how my grandfather was a barrister)
I've just about given up on this issue. It doesn't look like things will ever progress. At least, not anytime soon. And that's unbearable.
Lets just hope the other states do wat they said they would do and bring the r18+ rating into there own states, oh btw worst comes to worst we got rid of one of them how long do you thing this guy will last. Micheal Atkinson left because of all the abuse he was getting im sure it will be the same for this Greg Smith (now the most hated man in Australia)
I did the discussion paper and signed EB's petition well over a year ago now. Sorry to say but I've lost complete interest in this and won't waste anymore time on the matter. I'm just beyond sick of it and learnt with MK how easy importing is.
Any takers on what state will be next? NT :p? Anyway im loving this Australian dollar economy compared to the USD, can buy lots of good "R" rated games overseas, might have to wait, but i get what i want, at a cheaper price! Us gamers are smarter than the government think we are. If we can make decisions about how to buy cheaper, make choices on making us financially better than why not R games? Anyway im enjoying my Mortal Kombat ;D
Didn't see this coming.... -.- Nah I did. I'm ok with it now. I just import games now, so R18+ doesn't really effect me anymore.
This guy has made a big mistake. WE finally got rid of Michael Atkinson just so he can be replaced by another bloody idiot. JUST GIVE US THE GODDAMN RATING!!
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