With no date announced for the release of the discussion paper for the introducton of an R18+ classification for video games, gamers are taking matters into their own hands. Gamers are now joining together to place political pressure on the South Australian Attorney General, Michael Atkinson, as he is the only known Attorney-General publically announcing his ‘no’ vote on the issue. Gamers4Croydon has formed a political party and have committed to running a candidate in the Croydon electorate for the 2010 South Australian election, to oppose its local member Attorney-General Michael Atkinson.
In response to his emphatic “NO” position, The Hon Michael Atkinson MP has recently responded via a form letter to those who have written to him questioning his support (or otherwise) of an R18+ classification for video games. To view his letter click here.
One of the Gamers4 Croydon founding members, Chris Prior, has published their rebuttal to this letter as detailed below:
In response to The Hon Michael Atkinson’s form letter on R18+ for games.
By Chris Prior
Mr Atkinson’s claims that there are other Attorneys-General supporting his position cannot be verified until they announce themselves (which has not happened so far). He is a senior minister in a state and country founded on the principles of representative and accountable government. If it is indeed the case and he is shielding other AGs from public scrutiny, he is undermining one of the very basic principles of our democracy: that the people know what their representatives are doing. Oddly, elsewhere in the same letter, Mr Atkinson claims to be “the one minister and member on SCAG who has stood against” an R18+ classification for games, a statement which directly contradicts his earlier claim of support from other Attorneys-General.