Further to last week’s news that the R18+ bill was enjoying healthy discussion in parliament, it has very few stops left before it becomes law.
The bill officially passed through the House of Representatives today, leaving only the Senate to debate and either accept or reject the legislation.
This is the closest Australia has ever been to having a rating system which holds games on par with other media as with other developed countries.
Jason Clare, the Minister for Home Affairs, said: “The R18+ bill now only has to pass through the Senate before it will be en route to becoming law by 2013.”
“The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law.”
Assuming the R18+ bill passes the Senate later this year, each state must then pass their own legislation before it becomes law.
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