R18+ Games and Internet Censorship
The Federal Government has decided to go ahead with Internet Censorship in Australia. At much the same time, the Government has also announced an intention to consult on whether an R18+ classification should be introduced for video games. I would guess that these two are related, because the absence of an R18+ classification means that (to quote from the AG’s discussion paper on the R18+ classification):
Computer games that are unsuitable for a minor to see must be classified Refused Classification (RC).
Which would mean that a non trivial number of computer games available overseas would be classified RC in Australia (anything which would exceed an MA 15+ rating), so accessing them (or to websites selling them) will presumably become illegal (?)
It seems like an R18+ classification for games is already a done deal because its absence would cause terrible trouble for the proposed internet censorship regime. Or maybe this is just co-incidence and access to your overseas computer game store might be suddenly cut off just before the next election.
Rene comments on a mailing list (click link for full email):
However, I don't agree with your conclusion that: "It seems like an R18+ classification for games is already a done deal because its absence would cause terrible trouble for the proposed internet censorship regime." Imo, it is not a done deal because there is no way SA A-G Atkinson is going to agree to R18+ for games just because the Cth wants to introduce mandatory blocking.