What a way to end our Friday afternoon reporting: as expected, the ABC has reported today that the Australian Capital Territory has become the first of Australia’s states and territories to pass their own R18+ video game classification legislation.
The ABC reported that “the bill passed with tri-partisan support, though the Canberra Liberals failed in a bid to boost the penalty for inappropriate display or distribution of material rated R18+.” This legislation means adults in Canberra and surrounds will be able to puchase R18+ rated games when the new classification system is introduced in 2013.
Speaking with the ABC, Attorney General Simon Corbell said, “this is about making sure that adults are able to view and play and read what they wish as long as it does not do harm to others.”
“An R18+ classification ensures that adults can access adult material in computer game form, but at the same time protecting children under the age of 18 from that material,” he continued
Though all of Australia’s states and territories have agreed to the R18+ rating, it still falls to each individual government to pass their own legislation before the national rating comes into effect.