It’s been a long ride, but as one of the last developed countries to not have a Mature rating, Australia is finally reaching that light at the end of the tunnel and joining the rest of the gaming world with the recently voted R18+ rating.
As opposed and “moralising” as NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith may be about introducing the rating, Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor has implied the federal government would over-ride any votes and decisions NSW has in this matter, making sure the R18+ gets implemented, thus giving the land Down Under its Mature rating it’s strived for for so long.
“We’ve now struck an historic agreement and we can move forward to having an adult classification in this country as is the case in New Zealand, the US, Europe and many other parts of the world,” said O’Connor during the press conference.
Greens MP David Shoebridge went on the offensive, saying, “Greg Smith should stop moralising and start looking into having sensible rules to reflect the material that is out there and at the same time ensure that consumers are properly informed. Public submissions were overwhelmingly in favour of the introduction of the R18+ category. To abstain from the vote despite knowing months in advance that it would occur is politically culpable.”