Section: Simon Corbell, MLA | Media Releases
The ACT Government will introduce legislation this week in the Legislative Assembly that will allow for the creation of an R18+ classification category for computer games for the first time in the Territory, Attorney General, Simon Corbell announced today.
"The ACT Government has been a strong advocate in national discussions on the issue of an R18+ classification for computer games in Australia, and I am pleased to be able to introduce this bill to the Legislative Assembly," Mr Corbell said.
"The ACT will be the first jurisdiction to progress a bill giving effect to the Commonwealth's decision to implement the R18+ category in Australia."
The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2012, will be introduced following the decision of the Standing Committee of Attorneys General, now the Standing Council on Law and Justice.
The Commonwealth Government recently introduced the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012, in the House of Representatives, which is due to commence on 1 January 2013. That Bill includes a new category of classification for R18+.
The Commonwealth is responsible for classifying computer games, films and publications into the relevant categories - G, PG, M, MA15+, R18+ and Refused Classification (RC) - and States and Territories enforce those categories.
"An R18+ category allows governments a greater ability to control the distribution of computer games that may contain content harmful to children," Mr Corbell said.
"This legislation also empowers adults to make informed decisions about what material they purchase and use."
The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2012 will, if passed, commence on 1 January 2013.
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