Despite the federal laws being passed to introduce an R18+ rating, both ACT and NSW introducing amendments without any apparent drama, and even South Australia hopping tentatively on board, it’s still not all smooth sailing for Australian gamers. This week, Western Australia has handballed the video game classification amendment back to a committee, for “further investigation”.
[img_big]center,8443,2011-11-01/syndicate_screenshots_coop_final03-watermarked.jpg,Syndicate – effectively banned due to Australia’s lack of an R18+ rating for video games[/img_big]
It isn’t necessarily the entire parliament who wants to know more – Australian legislation says only one member of parliament needs to ask for an inquiry for the legislation to be sent off to committee (and we don’t know who that was). This isn’t the first time the paperwork’s been hauled up for discussion, however – the same thing happened back in February, when the Federal government sent the initial R18+ amendments out for further consideration.
That particular committee didn’t find any issues with the proposed legislation, so it was a minor stumbling block for the R18+ rating. While we’re hoping the WA situation plays out the same way, there are no guarantees.
Fingers crossed this won’t impact on things too much – but at this time of year, things are looking a little squishy for that January 1st national introduction.