This afternoon, the Home Affairs Minister, Brendan O’Connor, announced the public consultation on the R18+ Classification for computer games. Following is a copy of his press release:
R18+ Classification for Computer Games Discussion Paper Released
Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor today encouraged people to share their views on whether an R18+ classification category for computer games should be included in the Australian National Classification Scheme.
“I urge everyone with an interest in this issue to contribute to the discussion so the Government can ensure all community views are considered,” O’Connor said.
“I regularly receive representations from both industry and gamers seeking the introduction of an R18+ classification for computer games, as well from as those opposed to its introduction.”
Mr O’Connor stressed that neither he nor the Government had formed a view on whether the Classification Scheme should include a R18+ Classification for computer games.
“We are releasing a discussion paper rather than proposing a change so we have an opportunity to guage all community views n the subject,” the Minister said.
The discussion paper is available at www.ag.gov.au/gamesclassification
Interested community members can register their views on the accompanying submission template by email, fax or post. Full address details are available at the web address above.
Submissions close on 12 February 2009.
A copy of the discussion paper can be here.