“I congratulate SA Attorney-General John Rau for pointing out that our laws governing violent, sexualised video games are too weak,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“Thirteen games with an R18+ rating overseas have been released in Australia as MA15+. Mr Rau is spot on: the new system is putting Australian children at risk.”
Ros Phillips said research shows that a diet of violent and/or pornographic media has a negative impact on children’s behaviour. “It is likely to be a contributing factor in the rise in sexual assaults on children by other children in SA schools and in other states,” she said.
There have been similar concerns in WA, but a move in the WA Parliament to block R18+ games failed last year. FamilyVoice WA state officer David Lowe is calling for a review of the R18+ category to determine if the Refused Classification (RC) category has been diluted and whether any extreme MA15+ material has been reclassified.
“When parents called for an R18+ games category, they wanted the more violent games already in the MA15+ category moved into an adults-only category,” Ros Phillips said. “They didn’t want Australia to allow adult games with more violence, sexual violence and foul language than ever before. But the Commonwealth Classification Act that came into effect on 1 January this year has led to this result.
“Federal Attorney-General George Brandis should review the system in order to achieve the tighter guidelines Australian parents expected,” Ros Phillips said.
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