Legislation passed in Australia's Federal Parliament adds a R18+ rating for video games on January 1, 2013, ending years of mature games being censored, banned, or simply unreleased due to lack of age-appropriate classification. [News.com.au]
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that Australia's Labor government will support the creation of an adults-only classification for video games there. A decision on backing a new rating, called R18+, is expected Friday at a meeting of Australia's attorneys general.
Reports that South Australia's replacement attorney-general supported a R18+ rating for video games turn out to be premature, as John Rau reveals he has "no preconceptions" about the issue whatsoever.
Australia is one step closer to a mature rating for video games, as resigning ratings-blocker Michael Atkinson is replaced as South Australian Attorney General by John Rau, a man who reportedly says an R18+ video game rating is common sense.
South Australia 's opposition calls for the firing of Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, the primary reason the country can't give games a R18+ mature rating, after he suggested that a West Croydon citizen was an imaginary plant for the Liberal Party.