Following last year’s in-principle
agreement between Australian censorship ministers that a new R18+ rating should
be introduced, comes news that the bill will be introduced in parliament next
The new Federal Minister for Home Affairs,
Jason Clare, has confirmed with Gamespot AU that the timeline set in place by
former minister Brendan O’Connor will remain unchanged, with the bill being
introduced when parliamentary sittings re-commence on February 7.
While this is good news, Australian gamers
shouldn’t expect a swift introduction of the classification, as the bill will
need to pass through the House of Representatives, and then the Senate, before it’s
even close to being secured. With the recent banning of Syndicate, how many
games will we lose before the politicians pull their finger out? But hey, at
least something is happening.