Bipartisan support has been enjoyed by the R18+ bill at the senate, with the iGEA announcing its successful passing today.
The move brings to a close debate surrounding the R18+ bill at a federal level (which has been ongoing for 10+ years), however each state must now pass its own legislation in order for the bill to be enacted as law by 1st January 2013.
Ron Curry, CEO of the iGEA, said: “Key to this rating has always been the notion of harmonisation and while the amendments to the legislation are a true milestone, we need to be cognisant that we still require the timely support of all states and territories as well as workable guidelines to underpin a successful classification system.”
“One of the key arguments in this debate is that we need a consistent classification to better equip all consumers in an increasingly global environment and where the digital delivery of games is ubiquitous. It would be very counterproductive to start splintering the classification system now that an R18+ rating has been passed by the Senate.”
“We would also like to acknowledge the Minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare as well as the previous Minister Brendan O’Connor who have both been pivotal in ensuring that this issue stayed on the agenda and was given due and proper consideration, despite some intensive lobbying from a small, yet vocal, percentage of the community.”
“With an adult rating, we can now can now focus on the wider and more important issues that are impacting our classification system,”
This is an important day for the Australian games industry, particularly in light of the push towards global ratings system for apps Curry discussed with MCV yesterday.
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